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Racism in aid sector and developments in Afghanistan examined

2 September 2021

The House of Commons International Development Committee is continuing its investigation into racism in the foreign aid sector. Members will also use the opportunity to briefly ask questions of the Minister attending about the current situation in Afghanistan.

Tuesday 7 September 2021 

  • Please note there is currently no physical access to Committee sessions for journalists or members of the public due to Covid-19 restrictions.

At 2.30pm

  • Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Chief Executive Officer, Christian Aid
  • Ammara Khan, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Save the Children

At 3.30pm

  • Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, FCDO
  • Charlotte Biswas, Deputy Director of Civil Society and Civic Space, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Purpose of the Session

This evidence session will hear from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, as well as senior leaders of two large British-based aid organisations, Christian Aid and Save The Children.

These two aid bodies have acknowledged racial injustice in their own working environments and across the sector. We will hear how they have taken steps to tackle the issue.

Part of this session will also focus, with Lord Ahmad, on the unfolding humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and consider the steps that the UK Government should take to help both the Afghan people and aid workers.

On the issue of racism in the aid sector, the witnesses may be questioned about their experience in several areas:

  • how to reduce barriers to entry and ensure diversity in staffing;
  • how to ensure genuine inclusivity in workplace culture;
  • the steps needed to shift power to the communities that aid organisations work with;
  • how the senior leadership are held to account to ensure change happens; and
  • what role the FCDO should play in ensuring change.

Further information

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