- Friday, 06 December 2013
- Thursday, 24 October 2013
On 23 October 2013 APPG Great Lakes Member Tom Blenkinsop MP asked to the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps she had taken to improve the humanitarian situation in DRC.
APPG Member and international development shadow Minister Alison McGovern subsequently asked what long-term plans, instead of just relief aid, the UK government were contributing to for DRC.
The transcript of the debate can be found here.
- Wednesday, 13 November 2013
On 11 November 2013, APPG Vice-Chair Pauline Latham MP chaired a meeting on addressing sexual violence in the DR Congo, with founder of HEAL Africa Dr. Jo Lusi.
Dr. Jo Lusi, the only orthopaedic surgeon in Eastern Congo, co-founded HEAL Africa at the peak of the Congo war in 2000 with his wife Lyn, who was HEAL Africa’s programmes manager until she passed away last year.
Dr. Lusi insisted on the need to continue developing ground-breaking programme to fight sexual violence in DRC, and in particular holistic programmes that would tackle mentalities and social attitudes as well as the lack of economic prospects for communities.
- Tuesday, 15 October 2013
The APPG organised a meeting chaired by APPG Vice-Chair Pauline Latham MP on the reform of tax revenue collection in developing countries, with a delegation from the Burundi Revenue Authority, on 14 October 2013.
Kieran Holmes, Commissioner General, Domitien Ndihokubwayo, Deputy Commissioner General and Commissioner of Customs and Excise, and Chantal Ruvakubusa, Commissioner of Domestic Tax and Non-Fiscal Revenues came to disucss with Members the benefits from
The issue of tax revenue collection in developing countries is a topic that is gaining increased attention at international and domestic levels - the fourth of the ten clauses comprised in the last G8 summit declaration stated that “developing countries should have the information and capacity to collect the taxes owed them – and other countries have a duty to help them”.
- Thursday, 07 November 2013
On 6 November 2013, APPG Chair Lord McConnell chaired a meeting on the Lord’s Resistance Army with Congolese activist Abbé Benoît Kinalegu and Human Rights Watch.
Resurgent activities of the LRA have been observed throughout the region this past few months and Abbe Benoit noted that as long as the core command structure remains intact the group will represent a threat for the region.
- Tuesday, 23 July 2013
On 16th July 2013, APPG Great Lakes Chair Lord McConnell tabled a debate on the situation in the DR Congo and recent developments designed to halt conflict.
Lord McConnell noted that progress had been slow in implementing the details of the new Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region and called for the UK government to take steps to ensure its success, including by allocating additional resources.