Category Archives: Alan Duncan

Is overseas aid an instrument of soft power?


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
I was giving evidence to a UK House of Lords select committee on aid as an instrument of soft power yesterday, so spent a bit of time researching what “soft power” actually means.…

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It’s not really such a great aid mystery


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
The latest edition of The Spectator carries an opinion piece by Jonathan Foreman entitled The Great Aid Mystery http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8808521/the-great-aid-mystery/. In a diatribe laced with rather tired tropes, and whose style undermines the argument he makes, Foreman’s…

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Senior Tory accuses EU of “squandering” Britain’s aid budget.


Originally posted on The Truth is Where?:
By Robert Mendick and Andrew Gilligan  29th September 2012. Find Full Article Here:- A senior Government minister has accused the European Union of squandering Britain’s international aid budget on schemes that often have…

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Squaring the Circle: is it time to stop this 0.7% nonsense?


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
People and organisations in the UK’s overseas development sector are getting hot under the collar. This is because the government is not prioritising legislation to enshrine a perpetual commitment to spend 0.7% of UK Gross…

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Ivan Lewis is back: Will he shake up the DFID Shadow team?


First entry after a while…due to the fact that a) I’m a second year Doctoral Researcher now and b) I’m teaching four classes of Introduction to Political Economy (POLS 107 in Birmingham POLSIS speak) (a first year course). Oh the … Continue reading

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Re-post from GPM: Reaching 0.7%? Aid Effectiveness must not be ignored


Reaching 0.7% of GNI on aid? Aid Effectiveness must not be ignored A new entry after a while. Anyway, here’s an article I finally wrote for my beloved Global Politics Magazine, which now has a new set of editors, contributors … Continue reading

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