Skip to main content

Extreme poverty evidence session cancelled

16 June 2022

This evidence session is now cancelled.

Purpose of the Session

The session, part of the Committee’s inquiry into extreme poverty and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, will explore what can be done to tackle the most pervasive examples of extreme poverty. It will also look at how closely the Government’s recent International Development Strategy aligns with the target to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030.

The session’s first panel will hear from the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Likely topics include how the UK should best use its overseas aid and international influence to break poverty cycles and address inequality.

A second panel will then be held exploring the effectiveness of strategies to address food security; specifically, the provision of nationally-owned social protection systems enabling access to goods and services, and the direct provision of cash transfers to those in need. Witnesses’ views are likely to be sought on how these interventions can be effective both in providing immediate relief and as long-term solutions to tackle extreme poverty.


At 2.30pm

  • Prof. Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, UN Human Rights Council

At 3.15pm

  • Clare O'Brien, Senior Social Protection Adviser, World Food Programme – the UN’s food-assistance organisation
  • Mansour Ndiaye, Head of the Inclusive Growth, United Nations Development Programme
  • Andrea Solomon, Livelihoods, Markets and Cash Adviser, Concern Worldwide – international humanitarian organisation working in areas including rapid emergency response, health and nutrition, livelihoods and education

Further information

Image: Pixabay