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LIDC and The Guardian debate on Aid: Change of Panellist

On Thursday 27th October the first debate of the LIDC & The Guardian upcoming Development Debate Series will take place discussing the theme of aid and asking- are we getting aid right? 

We would like to announce a change of panellist as Stephen Doughty MP will now sit on the panel instead of The Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD MP.

Stephen is the Labour and Cooperative MP for Cardiff South and Penarth since 2012 and recently served as the Shadow Minister of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Trade and Investment. He is a member of the Parliamentary International Development Committee Group and of the International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact.

Stephen worked for many years in a range of campaigning roles in international charities including World Vision, Oxfam and Make Poverty History. As a senior policy adviser on poverty, development, trade and humanitarian affairs to the Secretary of State for International Development in the last Labour Government – Stephen played his part in responding to international disasters like the Haiti earthquake, pushing to help make healthcare and education free for some of the world’s poorest people, and tackling global challenges like climate change. 

He will join Fatimah Kelleher, Professor Stephen Chan and Professor Kara Hanson whose biographies can be found here.


The debate will be moderated by Bibi van der Zee.

Bibi van der Zee is a writer and editor at the Guardian who specialises in global development and environmental issues. She edits the Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network and is also author of The Protester’s Handbook.

Register for the event here.