RESULTS UK has submitted written evidence to the International Development Select Committee today in order to share our views on a draft piece of legislation that was presented to Parliament last month.
The Government published its draft International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill on 15 January. The International Development Committee has been tasked with scrutinising the draft Bill and reporting its findings to the House.
The Official Development Assistance Target Bill, if passed, will for the first time place a legal duty on the government to ensure 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) is spent on official development assistance (ODA) every year from 2013.
RESULTS UK fully supports the overall aims and spirit of this draft Bill and welcomes its introduction. We are keen to see a full Bill presented at the earliest opportunity in the new Parliament. However, we feel that there are some additions that could be made to the draft which retain its simplicity and yet address some potential loopholes which might allow future governments to go against the spirit of the Bill.
Our main concern is that the draft Bill currently makes no reference to poverty reduction or the 2002 International Development Act which clearly establishes poverty reduction as the over-arching purpose of UK development assistance. We are concerned that the new legislation might be mis-interpreted and that government expenditure for purposes other than poverty eradication will be able to be counted towards the aid target.
To read the full submission, click here.