Category Archives: International Development

DFID only spent 72% of UK official aid last year. Does that matter?


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
The UK Government released its data on 2017 official development assistance (ODA) spending today. As required by law, the total went up to match 0.7% of the UK’s GNI, reaching £14.1 billion, an…

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Spotlight on the UNDG


There are several dozen agencies across the United Nations (UN) system. Most of them have a specialised agencies like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) or the World Food Programme (WFP). There are some well-known UN Funds and programmes such … Continue reading

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Characteristics of the new foreign aid architecture and ways forward


Introduction Countries have developed at various paces, some of them as a result of foreign aid or more officially known as Official Development Assistance ODA. In recent years, there have been many changes to the ODA architecture, including 1) a … 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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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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Links for Thought 12


1) The Real Hamilton: What’s Not to Love? A Bloomberg article that talks about Alexander Hamilton, one of the very early US Treasury Secretaries, and how his ideas to grow the US economy then wouldn’t be accepted by the mainstream … Continue reading

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What’s ODA? It’s definition has been changed…


I was about to write Part 3 of the 2015 SDSR when this news release appeared. In summary, the UK along with others Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Development Assistance (OECD-DAC) have altered the definition of Official Assistance (ODA). … Continue reading

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