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FCDO’s approach to sexual and reproductive health


The International Development Committee is to assess whether UK aid spent by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on sexual and reproductive health programmes in lower-income countries could be targeted more effectively.

The new inquiry, launching on International Women’s Day, will consider whether the FCDO’s work has been sufficiently responsive to the needs of these communities. Access to sexual and reproductive health services in lower-income countries was severely disrupted by the covid-19 pandemic.

Evidence to the Committee suggests that cuts to the UK’s aid budget have had an immediate and significant impact on this area of the FCDO’s work, despite a commitment in the Government’s International Development Strategy (2022) to “drive progress on universal, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights including on the fight to end female genital mutilation and other harmful practices.”

This inquiry will range across support for the provision and delivery of family planning education, contraceptive supplies and healthcare services to maternity services and support for new-born babies, including preventable deaths. The inquiry will consider whether the FCDO is reaching all communities, including LGBT+ people.

Call for evidence: FCDO's approach to sexual and reproductive health 

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Tuesday 18 April 2023.

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Past events

Tuesday 12 September 2023
2:30pm Public
FCDO’s approach to sexual and reproductive health - Oral evidence 12 September 2023
  • Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP (Minister of State (Development and Africa) at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office)
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Tuesday 4 July 2023
2:30pm Public
FCDO’s approach to sexual and reproductive health - Oral evidence 4 July 2023
  • Kirsty Smith (Chief Executive Officer at CBM UK)
  • Dr Tsitsi Chataika (CBM Zimbabwe Country Advisory Panel (non-exec role) at CBM UK)
  • Saskia Perriard-Abdoh (Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Kaleidoscope Trust)
  • Alessandra Aresu (Director, Global Inclusive Health at Humanity & Inclusion)
  • Alice Welbourn (Founding Director at Salamander Trust)
  • Dr Camilla Ducker (Senior Advisor, Global NTD Programme at WHO HQ, Representative for the FGS Integration Group (FIG))
  • Ms Fionnuala Murphy (Head of Global Advocacy at Frontline AIDS)
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Tuesday 23 May 2023
2:30pm Public
FCDO’s approach to sexual and reproductive health - Oral evidence 23 May 2023
  • Caroline Guinard (FCDO Programmes Director at MSI Reproductive Choices)
  • Mr Matt Jackson (Chief of the London Representation Office at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA))
  • Dr Milly Kaggwa (Senior Technical Advisor, Global Medical Team at Population Services International)
  • Dr Sebastian Taylor (Representative, Coalition of Health Professional Bodies at Royal Colleges for SRHR)
  • Asenath Mwithigah (Chief Executive Officer at Orchid Project)
  • Tinebeb Berhane (Country Director at ActionAid Ethiopia)
Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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