Category Archives: Stephen O’Brien

Goodbye Mitchell and O’Brien, Hello Greening and Featherstone


ell, cabinet reshuffles usually are suppose to be for the better. For the Coalition Government of the UK, it surprisingly (in my view) shifted the grey haired Andrew Mitchell was shifted to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip. Many have termed that as promotion in terms of Cabinet ranking. I’m not an expert on British politics or British Government issues. Anyway… Continue reading

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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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DFID and the end of its aid to China


Andrew Mitchell, Alan Duncan and Stephen O’Brien, the new trio in charge of DFID have recently ended DFID’s bilateral aid programme to China. Continue reading

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