International Development Committee calls for evidence in inquiry evaluating effectiveness of UK's ODA to reduce extreme poverty

The UK International Development Committee launched a new inquiry into the UK’s contribution to meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 - to end poverty in all its forms everywhere - via the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

The committee is requesting written evidence from experts, development agencies, and people with lived experiences of extreme poverty on the following issues:

  • Targeting: To what degree is UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) (policies, strategies and programmes) targeting extreme poverty?
  • Addressing rising numbers: To what extent does the FCDO need to adjust its strategy, policies and programmes in light of the rising number of people in extreme poverty due to the global pandemic or the effects of climate change?
  • Women and girls: To what degree do the FCDO’s strategy, policies and programmes address the needs of women and girls in extreme poverty?
  • Outcomes: What outcomes have FCDO projects and programmes aimed at tackling extreme poverty achieved and how sustainable are these outcomes?  
  • Impact of cuts and merger on performance: What impact have cuts to the UK’s ODA budget and the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with the Department for International Development had on the UK’s ability to address extreme poverty?
  • Global convenor role: How could the FCDO play a more effective part in the eradication of poverty as a convener and thought leader at the global level?

The IDC requests that all written submissions be handed in by February 18, 2022.

News article - UK Parliamentary International Development Committee

Evidence submission - UK Parliamentary International Development Committee