Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We are tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. Our work is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.


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Secretary of State

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
Secretary of State for International Development
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development)
Preet Kaur Gill (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Chris Law (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development)
Mr Gregory Campbell (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development)
Hannah Bardell (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development Team Member)
Shadow Ministers
Stephen Doughty (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (International Development)
Anna McMorrin (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Development)
Yasmin Qureshi (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Development)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

3 Jul 2020, 6:08 p.m.
The devastating locust outbreak in East Africa has destroyed thousands of people's livelihoods. We’re working with @icpac_igad using a #UKaid funded supercomputer to track where the locusts will go + help countries control the swarms. Watch @VICENews 👇 https://t.co/TRwXTR1LRb - Link
2 Jul 2020, 9:07 a.m.
The 🇬🇧 has been chosen to co-lead a new global coalition to end gender-based violence. We know that violence is preventable - our groundbreaking @WhatWorksVAWG programme helped to decrease domestic violence. We will use our expertise to help create a safer future for all. https://t.co/RqvdQ7ezuS - Link
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Department for International Development Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Jul. 17 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 10 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Oct. 08 Urgent Questions US Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria
Jun. 08 Written Statements Global Health Security Update
Oct. 31 Westminster Hall Disability-inclusive Development
Feb. 28 Adjournment Debate Yemen
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Department for International Development has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.


Department for International Development - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
19 May 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for International Development African Development Bank (Fifteenth Replenishment of the African Development Fund) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order approves the making of payments on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom to the African Development Bank of sums not exceeding £633,090,000 as a further contribution to the resources of the African Development Fund. The payment approved by this Order will be made pursuant to Resolution No F/BG/2020/01 adopted by the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank on 14 May 2020. The Order also provides for the redemption of non-interest-bearing and non-negotiable notes issued by the Secretary of State pursuant to those arrangements.
Laid
19 May 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for International Development International Development Association (Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order amends the International Development Association (Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative) Order 2006 by increasing the amount that may be paid by the Secretary of State as additional contributions to the Association for debt relief from £2,154.17 million to £2,716.49 million. The adjusted amount is in accordance with arrangements made with the Association pursuant to Resolution No 211 adopted by the Board of Governors of the Association on 21st April 2006.
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Department for International Development Select Committee

Department for International Development Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


Department for International Development Publications


Department for International Development Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
2 Jul 2020, 4:18 p.m. Rohingya: Refugees Sarah Champion

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on her Department's support for the Rohingya refugees.

Answer (Nigel Adams)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Rohingya refugee camps. From the start of the crisis, DFID has worked with partners to help mitigate the impact of the virus on the Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar. Our existing work has been adapted to respond to the crisis. UK funding has helped to establish isolation and treatment centres, such as a 60-bed facility, to treat severe and critical cases, as well as the delivery of home-based healthcare and monitoring. We are supporting WHO to coordinate the health response with the Government. Our funding is also distributing soap and building more handwashing structures; and producing and rolling out a range of communication tools to share vital information.

While we have prioritised budget and activities to focus on the immediate impact of COVID-19, we continue to deliver our routine support comprising providing food and nutrition, shelter, health, protection, water and sanitation, targeted support for women and girls, and the elderly. We also fund the education sector which – while learning centres are closed - is supporting caregivers for learning at home and preparing for the Myanmar curriculum pilot rollout.

Whilst every effort is being made to minimise transmission in the camps, the highly congested conditions and vulnerability of the population will pose major challenges when cases reach peak levels. We will continue to work closely with our implementing partners and the humanitarian community in Cox’s Bazar to respond as best as possible.

We remain committed in our support of Rohingya refugees in both Bangladesh and Myanmar. The Development Secretary has recently undertaken a virtual visit to Bangladesh and had the opportunity to see the continued humanitarian needs of the Rohingya. She stressed the UK’s continued commitment to helping Bangladesh and the refugees the country is hosting.

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