Tag Archives: International Development

The Rule-Based International Order: Discourse and Reality in East Asia (short version)


The rule-based international order or the liberal international order, has recently garnered increasing attention recently. This post-World War II order is generally defined as a free open market, trade and liberal globalization system. Such an order has been argued to … Continue reading

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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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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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The NSS 2015 & the SDSR 2015: The “Development” parts Part 2


Another also quite obvious development initiative proposed was to continue developing global or international development arena is brought up on page 48, paragraph 5.9 which states that the UK has and will continue to play a leading role in the … 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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Some people still don’t get the AIIB or…


they are dumb neoliberals or just dumb. Take is crappy forum page article for instance by a certain Mr. Teo (Singaporean or someone from Singapore). IT IS regrettable that the United States and Japan have not joined the Asian Infrastructure … Continue reading

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