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IDC to hear from development sector to help shape terms of new inquiry on philosophy of aid

18 February 2021

As the International Development Committee (IDC) develops the terms of reference for its new inquiry on the Philosophy and Culture of Aid, members will hear from six individuals from across the development sector on what direction they think the inquiry should take.

Purpose of the session

This first session will allow members to explore with witnesses the possible priorities and terms of reference for its forthcoming inquiry. Following short presentations from witnesses, members of the Committee will explore the issues further in a question and answer format. The Committee will also seek to hear from individuals who are close to the frontline of programme delivery to inform this inquiry.

The Committee is keen to learn where the its inquiry could add the greatest value to the debate on the UK’s development strategy and broader public discussion about the culture of aid. In broad terms, the Committee is interested in why the UK gives foreign aid and what the benefits are to countries such as the UK of having an aid budget. We also want to examine some of the problems and challenges that the aid sector faces and how aid delivery can be improved.

The call for written evidence was launched on Thursday 4 February that will help shape the next stages of this inquiry. The deadline for written evidence is Thursday 18 March 2021. After this date a more specific terms of reference will be drawn up and the Committee will provide details of further ways that stakeholders can get involved with this work.

Tuesday 23 February 2021 (Virtual meeting)

  • Please note there is no physical access to Parliament
  • Session will be conducted with remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

At 2.30pm

  • Arbie Baguios, Founder, Aid Re-imagined
  • Lena Bheeroo, Lead, Anti-racism and Inclusion, Bond, Committee Member, Charity So White, Working Group Member, The Racial Equity Index
  • Professor Jamie Gaskarth, Professor of Foreign Policy and International Relations, Open University
  • Sophia Gaston, Managing Director, British Foreign Policy Group
  • Themrise Khan, Independent Development Professional
  • Charles Vandyck, Head, Capacity Development Unit, West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)

Further information

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