Jeremy has been a member of the International Development Committee (IDC) since 2010. The Committee is elected by the House of Commons to independently examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the work of the Department for International Development (DFID).
The IDC has carried enquiries into the UK's assistance in building capacity for tax collection in countries such as Zambia in order to allow independence of aid. UK bilateral work has helped increase revenue collection as a proportion of GDP in countries such as Burundi, Afghanistan and Rwanda. This is an important step to stabilising nations and reducing the UK’s aid commitment in the long term.
Jeremy said: “I know some people have concerns about the UK’s commitment to aid when we face tough choices about what we spend at home. However, I believe we have a responsibility to humankind to help people in desperate need. Millions of people live on less than $2 a day with poor access to basic needs such as water, healthcare, shelter. We can be proud of our achievements and commitment.
“My role on the IDC is to help ensure every pound of Stafford constituent’s taxes spent on aid is targeted effectively to tackle the causes of global poverty and save lives.”
You can now see exactly where we spend money in every country we work in on the DFID website at: http://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/