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Criticism of UK aid: it’s time for aid advocates to make a choice — Phil Vernon’s blog


Recent articles in British newspapers The Times and the Mail question whether the British Government is able to spend over £12 bn per year on overseas development aid. This in a context of large government cuts in other expenditure, while … Continue reading

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Bye Joyce, welcome Michael


A little belated welcome, but hello Lord Bates as Minister of State at DFID, speaking to the House of Lords. He replaces he Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE, who will continue in her role as a Minister … Continue reading

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Hello Rory Stewart, James Wharton and Baroness Anelay


DFID’s new junior ministers include Rory Stewart, James Wharton and Baroness Anelay (the last a Minister joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for the United Nations and the Commonwealth). First Rory Stewart. He is well known for … Continue reading

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The flaws in the Anti-Corruption Agenda and how to change it


The flaws in the Anti-Corruption Agenda and how to change it In May 2016, the UK hosted the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, bring leaders from developed and developing nations as well as practitioners and interest groups. World leaders and academic … Continue reading

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Hello Priti Patel and immediate thoughts


Hello Priti Patel what have you focused on previously regarding international development. Oh Not much. Wait you once said : A long-term strategic assessment is required, including the consideration to replace DfID with a Department for International Trade and Development … Continue reading

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Hello Kate Osamor


What do you know about International Development? This new Shadow Secretary of State for International Development has never asked a question to DFID Ministers. Another glance at Theyworkforyou.com shows small questions regarding refugees and homophobia (see this link) Welcome, newbie! … Continue reading

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It’s right to question aid, but better to focus on effectiveness, rather than the 0.7%


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
A version of this post is on Huffington Post. In the UK, a parliamentary debate can be initiated by popular petition. On 13th June, Parliament will debate the proposition that the government’s approach…

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