Select Committee on International Development Fourth Report


The International Development Committee has agreed to the following Report:—



The Committee announced its inquiry into the impact of corruption on development and developing countries on 20 June 2000. The terms of reference stated that "The Committee will consider the policies and practices with regard to corruption of the Department for International Development and the multilateral agencies and non­governmental organisations to which it contributes. The Committee will also examine the role of transnational corporations and other private sector actors". The Committee experienced some difficulties during the inquiry. Although we received some very useful evidence from the private sector, it took a great deal of effort to find people willing to speak about corruption. Many of those with an interest in tackling corruption or in improving governance declined to give evidence because they felt either they were not well enough informed or were only just beginning their consideration. The difficulties we had in obtaining evidence say a great deal about how little thinking there has been on this topic in general and how much of the work is still at an early stage.


During our inquiry written evidence was received from a number of organisations and we have held eleven oral evidence sessions. We are grateful to all those who gave evidence to the inquiry and we have included a list of all those from whom we have heard oral evidence at the end of this Report. In particular we would like to thank Dr. Anne Cockcroft, Senior Research Fellow, CIET International, His Excellency Prince Bola A. Ajibola, High Commissioner for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed, National Security Adviser to President Obasanjo, Mr. Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme, Mr. Laurence Cockcroft, Chairman, Transparency International (UK), Mr. Manzoor Hasan, Executive Director, Transparency International in Bangladesh, Mr. Jeremy Carver CBE and Mr. George Staple CB QC, Clifford Chance, Mr. Monty Raphael, Peters and Peters, and the Rt Hon Clare Short MP, Secretary of State for International Development.

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