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Humanitarian response to Cyclone Idai examined

28 March 2019

The International Development Committee takes evidence from the Department for International Development (DFID), and organisations providing humanitarian aid in Southern Africa in the wake of Cyclone Idai.  


Tuesday 2 April 2019, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm

  • Debbie Hillier, Senior Humanitarian Policy Adviser, Oxfam
  • Ben Webster, Head of Emergencies, British Red Cross

At 3.00pm

Department for International Development (DFID)

  • Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for International Development
  • Tim Stern, Head of the Africa Regional Department

Purpose of the Session

The Committee will be taking evidence from DFID, and organisations providing humanitarian aid in southern Africa in the wake of Cyclone Idai, on the situation in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The Committee is likely to focus on: the scale of the emergency; the allocation of funding and provision of aid against assessments of need; and the impact of Cyclone Idai on DFID's existing country programmes and initiatives for longer term development in each country.


The committee took evidence on UK aid in Zimbabwe on 5 Feb 2019

Access Information

The Committee values diversity and seeks to ensure witness diversity where possible, and to accommodate the accessibility needs of attending members of the public. The Committee considers requests for reasonable adjustments to its usual arrangements for taking evidence, to enhance access. Therefore we would encourage members of the public who wish to attend the evidence session and feel they have an accessibility concern to contact us at or telephone 0207 219 1223 before the evidence session they wish to attend, so we can make formal arrangements to accommodate everyone's needs.

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