Alliance welcomes IDC's response after evidence session on HIV

The UK’s International Development Select Committee (IDC) has written to Priti Patel MP, UK Secretary of State for International Development, after holding an evidence session into her department’s work on HIV and AIDS.

In his letter to the Secretary of State, the Chairman of the IDC, Stephen Twigg MP, raises a number of questions about DFID’s work on HIV including the absence of an up-to-date HIV strategy, how HIV is integrated into the departments’ youth strategy and its strategic vision for women and girls.

The letter also raises the prospect of a stocktake of the department’s work on HIV and the need to assess how effective it is in terms of being able to track investment and the effectiveness of HIV programming. It also highlights the apparent decline in DFID bilateral investment in HIV over recent years.

Shaun Mellors, Director of Knowledge and Influence at the Alliance, gave evidence at the select committee last week.

He said: “We were grateful for the opportunity to provide both oral and written evidence to the committee, alongside our civil society partners. It was notable that select committee members were keen to listen and take on board our evidence. We look forward to seeing how DFID is able to respond to some of the points raised in the letter.”