MEETING WITH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Date: June 18th 2019 (3pm – 4pm)
Location: Houses of Parliament
On the 18th June MCF held a meeting with the International Development Committee in Parliament, attended by Stephen Twigg MP, Stephen Twigg MP, Pauline Latham MP and Richard Burden MP, as well as attended by representatives of a number of MCF’s member charities.
The holding of this meeting followed from an earlier meeting between Stephen Twigg MP (Chair of the IDC), and our CEO Fadi Itani and MCF’s Advocacy & Communications Lead, Bashir Ibrahim. The first meeting was central in introducing the IDC to the work of MCF and its members, and in organising the meeting that took place on June 18th.
We principally invited staff from our members that are were in roles such as Programme Directors (or similar) to attend this meeting. From previous meetings and events, we have recognised the need to hone in on specialist areas of knowledge and help provide a space for high-level discussions amongst these key personnel within our sector, and connecting them with those who hold positions of power and influence within government and further.
The meeting was a brilliant illustration of what can be achieved when such a space is provided and developed more strategically. The representatives of members of MCF were given a platform to raise points and speak on matters of importance to them, and the Committee was able to hear and ask about the projects that the charities were funding and involved with. The IDC members were interested in the discussion and were familiar with the challenges that charities face and held clear and up-to-date understandings of the specific scenarios face by the sector in individual countries. The Committee also exhibited an atmosphere of openness and willingness to co-operate, stating that they are initiating an enquiry on DfID’s work in Pakistan and encouraged the attendees to contribute to the enquiry through formal submissions and private meetings if required.
The committee chair was specifically interested in looking into the following three matters: de-risking, the role of smaller charities and what can be learnt from the experience of British Muslim charities. The committee chair recommended country-level interaction with DfID to help improve the working relationship with DfID.
We look forward to facilitating further engagement between the Committee and British Muslim charities in the near future.