The International Development Committee has published a report on EU development assistance.

In the report, the Committee calls on the UK Government to press for funding to be diverted, away from higher middle income countries bordering Europe, and reallocated to poorer developing countries. In order to make this happen, the MPs say Ministers must challenge and change the definition of Official Development Assistance.

Read the IDC’s report and press release, and a submission to the inquiry from ODI’s Sian Herbert and Romilly Greenhill here.

The UK’s International Development Committee (IDC) has launched an inquiry into EC development assistance. The inquiry comes at a momentous time considering the new poverty landscape, changing economic and geopolitical dynamics in the world, the economic crisis, and the potential ramifications of a possible EU treaty change. As the global development scene changes, the UK and the EC’s approaches to development must also change.

The terms of reference established for the inquiry call for evidence regarding: the EC’s comparative advantage as a channel for UK development assistance, ‘An Agenda for Change’, future funding of EC development cooperation and progress towards policy coherence for development (PCD). These areas of inquiry ultimately lead to four key questions:

  • What development objectives can the UK better pursue through the EC than through bilateral means?
  • How much funding should be allocated to EC development assistance?
  • What countries and sectors should the EC concentrate its funds on?
  • How should these funds be managed?

ODI’s Siân Herbert and Romilly Greenhill set out to answer these questions in this submission of written evidence.

Submissions from other organisations are available here.


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