International Development Committee - background
The International Development Committee of the Council of Ministers was formed in 1985 as the Voluntary Service Overseas Committee to fund the overseas postings of Isle of Man VSO volunteers.
The Committee changed its name the following year when it was given responsibility for the funding of all overseas development aid projects. Responsibility for donations to disaster appeals was tasked to the Committee in 2000.
In January 2013 the Overseas Aid Committee was renamed the International Development Committee to reflect a shift in emphasis in how the Isle of Man supports the world’s less developed nations.
In July 2008, the Council of Ministers adopted the following policy on overseas aid -
The Council of Ministers is committed to the Isle of Man being a responsible jurisdiction, which is able to contribute to the global fight against poverty in the developing world. The Council of Ministers recognises the longstanding commitment of organisations and individuals in the Isle of Man and elsewhere to international development, building on both the historical and contemporary relationships that exist between the Island and many developing countries.
The Isle of Man Government will -
• Do all it can to help the developed world achieve the Millennium Development Goals as the recognised international standards for development
• Give priority to countries ranked as ‘Low Development’ on the United Nations Human Development Index
• Provide a swift and effective response to international humanitarian crises
• Support the voluntary sector in raising awareness of global development issues throughout the Manx population.
The Council of Ministers Report on the Policy and Funding of Overseas Aid can be viewed by clicking on the downloadable document at the bottom of this page.
The Committee consists of five members (three from Tynwald and two lay members) who are appointed by the Council of Ministers
Hon P A Gawne MHK (Chairman)
Hon D M Anderson MHK
Mr E G Lowey MLC
Mr J H Green MBE
Ms C Bader
The Committee receives administrative support from the staff of the External Relations Division of the Chief Secretary’s Office. The International Development Committee produces an Annual Report, which is laid before Tynwald each year. The report summarises all of the projects funded by the Committee during the previous year.