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A farewell to DFID and welcome to a new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office


With a weakly argued statement to parliament, Boris Johnson has enacted one of his dreams, removing the Department for International Development (DFID) and merging it into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to create a super Whitehall Department briefly termed … Continue reading

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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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Hello new FCO-DFID “development” department


Well besides the so-called Conservative-DUP “broken” deal, Theresa May further “joined up” ministers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for International Development (DFID) with two ministers of state “joint up” or working in both departments. They are … Continue reading

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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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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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The NSS 2015 & the SDSR 2015: The “Development” parts Part 3


Other developed-related points include the UK partnering with China for global economic movements and the development of Africa (paragraphs 5.74 and 5.75), an EU-led trade agreement to improve India’s economy. This again may be welcomed by many, but also reeks … Continue reading

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