Category Archives: Humanitarian Aid

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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The NSS 2015 & SDSR 2015: The “Development” parts Part 1


Author’s note: Devex won’t accept this so here it goes… So the much awaited National Security Review and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 is out. As the title(s) imply, it’s not just a military-centred document, but one that covers … Continue reading

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No, no, no, it does not turnupsavelives


The 0.7% fetish reached its zenith today as the 0.7% bill by Michael Moore was passed today see this twitter announcement. Great, an archaic target is reached by the UK 45 years after it was not legally enshrined in the … Continue reading

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Operation Patwin: DFID and the MOD in humanitarian efforts


Many people in the UK and worldwide has criticised the British government (the Coalition government) for cutting the British military expenditure, personnel and hardware, while “ringfencing” the ODA budget (DFID administrative costs have been cut). Now, with the dreadful news … Continue reading

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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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Who should give and how much? The case of the East African Famine crisis


The East African famine crisis is worsening and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) calling for action and more financial contributions . The usual donors have responded, albeit weakly, especially due to the US “debt ceiling” debacle, the US downgrading … Continue reading

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The peculiarity (and possibly hypocrisy) of the UK’s development policy


Recently, there has been a large fire in Israel which prompted the UK to sent assistance. However, does this not beg hypocrisy given that the present government has planned not to provide aid to middle income countries? Continue reading

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