All-Party Parliamentary Group

There are many issue specific all-party parliamentary groups in the Westminster Parliament which provide a forum for those involved with that particular issue to engage with and inform politicians who share those concerns. The APPG "Connecting Communities" was launched in 2003 under the Chairmanship of Kevin Barron MP. Subsequently, Nigel Griffiths MP took over as Chair and the Chair is currently Lord Goodlad. The APPG which currently has a membership of 26 MPs and Peers has provided BUILD members with access to senior politicians as a result of which there has been considerable government commitment in terms of funding for school, community and health partnerships with counterparts in the global South.

APPG Connecting Communities

The following meetings have been held:

Meeting with Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools, 12th September 2011

APPG “Connecting Communities” meeting held on Tuesday 1 February 2011 in Committee Room 11,
House of Commons, Westminster

Minutes of APPG “Connecting Communities” meeting held on 19 October 2010

International Development Committee

Rt Hon Hilary Benn

Andrew Stunnel

Charles Clarke, Secretary of State for Education

Richard Caborn Minister for Sports

Gareth Thomas, Minister for International Development

John Battle, Faith Adviser to the Prime Minister

Shahid Malik Minister for International Development

Lord Kinnock Chairman British Council

Lord Crisp, Author of the Crisp Report

Baroness Andrews, Minister for Communities and Local Government

Lord Sandwich Speaker on International Development in the Lords

Bill Rammell, Minister, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

We have also contributed briefing papers to a number of debates in the Commons and the Lords.

Phil Hope Minister for the Third Sector