Category Archives: Consultations

Have your say on UK aid spending

Last year we reported on DFID’s announcement to create a new independent body to evaluate aid effectiveness. Last week it was announced that the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) launched a public consultation calling on stakeholders and the public to give input on which areas of UK aid they would like to have reviewed. Continue reading

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DFID releases departmental business plan

This week the Department for International Development (DFID) released its business plan for the period 2011-2015. You can read DFID’s plan here. The business plan sets out DFID’s vision and strategies for the coming years, as well as details of departmental expenditure and a transparency section intended to allow voters to hold DFID accountable to ensure value for money.

The business plan outlines six key priorities, namely: Honour international commitments, introduce transparency in aid, boost wealth creation, strengthen governance and security in fragile and conflict-affected countries, lead international action to improve the lives of girls and women, and combat climate change. Continue reading

RESULTS UK responds to DFID’s consultation on reproductive, maternal and newborn health

Pregnant woman at UNICEF-supported health center in Sam Ouandja refugee camp, credit: Pierre Holtz for UNICEF

Pregnant woman at UNICEF-supported health center in Sam Ouandja refugee camp, credit: Pierre Holtz for UNICEF

Within days of becoming Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell stated that he would put women and girls at the centre of DFID’s approach to fighting poverty. Improving reproductive, maternal and newborn health in the developing world is a major part of the drive to do so. DFID is therefore developing a new business plan, which will determine the UK’s contribution towards reducing maternal mortality. The aim is to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted and that every birth is safe. In doing so, DFID also want make an enormous contribution to reducing child mortality – particularly through improving the survival chances of newborn babies.

Twelve weeks ago, DFID launched a consultation to gather input into the new business plan on reproductive, maternal and newborn health. Contributions have been made by individuals and organisations from a broad range of backgrounds. Continue reading

DFID Announces Consultation on Microfinance Facility

We are pleased to report that the UK’s Department For International Development (DFID) has launched a public consultation on their proposed Microfinance Capacity Building Facility for Sub-Saharan Africa (MICFAC). This is a new funding facility that is being set up jointly with DFID and the World Bank, and is likely to be millions of dollars in size.

Those who took part in our recent August action (see here) will know all about this facility and will have already written to Andrew Mitchell (Secretary of State for International Development) and Robert Zoellick (President of the World Bank) on this issue, explaining to them why it is so important that it have poverty alleviation built into its core operating principles.

We were happy to report earlier that initial responses from Stephen O’Brien were positive and supported our call for a poverty focus. That there is now a public consultation is another opportunity for us to reinforce the message. Continue reading

Your chance to give input on UK development policies on maternal health and malaria

When the new government came into power earlier this year, DFID Ministers made it clear from the outset that improving maternal health and tackling malaria were two of their top priorities. It comes as no surprise then that the first two public consultations announced by DFID since the election have been launched to gather input for new ‘business plans’ (they are no longer called strategies) on these two issues.

When developing or updating policies, DFID is keen to consult with a wide range of interested groups, both in the UK and particularly from the developing countries that DFID is working in. No matter what your background, experience or level of expertise, you have an opportunity to give input on the development of policies that could affect millions of lives.

Read on to find more information about how you can participate in the recently announced public consultations on maternal health and malaria. Continue reading

Your chance to ask a Prime Minister’s Question

The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced that he will be answering questions from the public today in a ‘people’s Prime Minister’s Questions’. This is your chance to ask a question directly to the man currently running the country and seeking election for another term.

You can submit a question at the Labour Party website: http://www2.labour.org.uk/peoples-pmqs Gordon Brown will be answering questions at 5pm today so submit your question now!

You probably have a million things you’d like to ask Gordon Brown, but it terms of advancing the poverty agenda this is an ideal opportunity to continue to push the current government to wholeheartedly support financial transaction taxes. The ‘Robin Hood Tax’ proposal could raise up to $400 billion per year of additional funds to redress some of the harmful effects of the financial crisis and get the world back on track to reach the Millennium Development Goals, meet our commitments to climate change financing, and as well making a major impact fighting poverty here in the UK.

Live webchat with Mike Foster MP on Thursday 18 March

The End Water Poverty UK coalition is organising a live webchat this Thursday (18th March) at 12.30pm  with Mike Foster MP.  This is a great opportunity to speak directly with the Minister responsible for Water and Sanitation issues at the UK Department for International Development and encourage him to do more for the billions of individuals living without access to proper sanitation and hygiene.

Click on the following link on Thursday at 12:30 to the join the live chat: www.endwaterpoverty.org/webchat

For background information and ideas about what questions to ask Mike Foster please see our October and November 2009 monthly actions, which were about the potential of handwashing with soap to save millions of children’s lives, and the fact that sanitation is a ‘forgotten issue’ in programmes to improve child health.