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Support for marginalised girls' education examined

30 January 2017

The International Development Committee hears from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and the Department for International Development (DFID) on support for marginalised girls' education. 


Monday 30 January 2017, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm

Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)

  • Dr Alison Evans, Chief Commissioner
  • Tina Fahm, Lead Commissioner
  • Korina Cox, Team Leader

At 3.00pm

Department for International Development (DFID)

  • Rt Hon Lord Bates, Minister of State
  • Anna Wechsberg, Director, Policy and Global Partnerships
  • Anna French, Head of Education and Policy Team

Purpose of the Session

As part of its inquiry into 'DFID's work on education: Leaving no one behind?' the International Development Committee will take evidence on the latest Independent Commission for Aid Impact report on DFID's support for marginalised girls' education. This critical report raises serious concerns about the coherence and effectiveness of DFID's interventions and the appropriateness of DFID's 'value for money' focus when trying to reach the most marginalised girls. It suggests that, even in activities supporting girls' education, "the focus on girls often gets lost".

Members will explore the main themes of the report with ICAI's Chief and Lead Commissioners and will hold DFID Minister, Lord Bates, and high-level officials to account on whether they are achieving the best results possible for the world's most disadvantaged girls.

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