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STUDENTS: Opportunity to discuss international development issues with Stephen Twigg, MP & Chair of the UK Parliamentary International Development Committee

Passionate about international development? Make your voice heard and join our panel!

We are looking for 5-8 postgraduate students from across our membership to form a panel to present international development ideas and questions to Stephen Twigg, MP and Chair of the UK Parliamentary International Development Committee.

The selected students will have an opportunity to meet with Stephen in October.

The questions presented should relate to the international development committee’s May 2016 report ‘UK Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals’ which examines international development and how it is going to be framed by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The questions presented by the student panel will shape a discussion hosted by Stephen Twigg in December (exact date TBC) which will be organised by LIDC.

Stephen Twigg and the International Development Committee

Stephen Twigg is Labour & Co-op MP for Liverpool West Derby and was elected Chair of the House of Commons International Development Committee in June 2015. The International Development Committee, appointed by the House of Commons, examines the spending, administration and policy of the Department for International Development (DFID) and its associated public bodies. The committee is a cross-party group formed of 11 MPs.

How to get involved

This opportunity is only open to LIDC student members (membership is free for postgraduate students at our member colleges: SOAS, UCL Institute of Education, Royal Veterinary College, LSHTM and Birkbeck, and for students from UCL’s Development Planning Unit). Details on becoming a member can be found here.

If you are interested in being on the student panel please send an email to Anjuli.Borgonha@lidc.bloomsbury.ac.uk registering your interest and we will get back to you with more details. In your email please include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Course, college and graduation year
  • A short summary of what questions you would ask Stephen* and why you think those questions are relevant for international development today.

*Please relate the questions to the May 2016 report produced by the committee titled ‘UK Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals: First report of session 2016-17’ which can be found here.

The application deadline is 10th October 2016.