Tag Archives: DFID

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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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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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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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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My Guest Article on Europe Asia Security Forum


Take a look, read and comment please My Guest Article .

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My take on Diane Abbott’s speech at the Labour Conference 2015


My comments in brackets and bold. Conference I am proud to stand before you as Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. (You are very lucky to get this high position.) Because there is no issue that better illustrates … Continue reading

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What’s new with ODA and the UK armed forces


Suddenly defence journalist Jonathan Beale is surprised to find out that HMS Bulwark’s operation to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean is paid for by the Department for International Development (DFID’s) budget, or what we development people know as Official Development … Continue reading

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When Google helps, Mary Creagh’s Written Questions


The new and last Shadow Secretary of State for International Development (unless the Labour Party loses the 2015 General Election), posted similar written question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Department for … Continue reading

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Will the post-2015 goals be any use?


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
The post-2015 development goals need show how to reduce fragility and increase resilience in conflict-prone contexts. They also need to be designed as a system of genuine incentives for participation and transformation. ___________________________________________________________________…

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