Tag Archives: ODA

A reason to maintain/increase both UK development and defence budgets


https://britisharmedforcesreview.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/another-reason-for-maintaining-uk-defence-and-aid-spendingtargets/ Read and understand

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No, no, no, it does not turnupsavelives


The 0.7% fetish reached its zenith today as the 0.7% bill by Michael Moore was passed today see this twitter announcement. Great, an archaic target is reached by the UK 45 years after it was not legally enshrined in the … Continue reading

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Worker’s Party (Singapore) on…International Development!


Disclaimer: I AM NOT  a member of any Singaporean political party or any political party in any country. You don’t here this from the government but surprisingly, from the up and coming opposition party in Singapore: Many developed countries in … Continue reading

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Operation Patwin: DFID and the MOD in humanitarian efforts


Many people in the UK and worldwide has criticised the British government (the Coalition government) for cutting the British military expenditure, personnel and hardware, while “ringfencing” the ODA budget (DFID administrative costs have been cut). Now, with the dreadful news … Continue reading

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The Politics of International Development in major UK Political Parties


It is pretty well known that after the New Labour government won power in 1997, international or global development became a key priority issue of discussion amongst both the government and the legislature. Continue reading

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Is overseas aid an instrument of soft power?


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
I was giving evidence to a UK House of Lords select committee on aid as an instrument of soft power yesterday, so spent a bit of time researching what “soft power” actually means.…

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Yet another 0.7% related post: University of Birmingham perspective


And yet another “0.7/GNI” related post (see here) by me, this time on the University of Birmingham‘s main page, the “Perspective” section. It was not really my idea for it to be splashed on this section; I wanted it to … Continue reading

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Queen’s speech 2013: The 0.7% worry, no fuss


An extremely short blog post. Based on a…tweet! Ivan Lewis ‏@IvanLewis_MP Leaving 0.7 bill out of Queens speech shows Camerons weakness + lurch to right. + yet another eg of @nick_clegg’s impotence.#brokenpromise Again, I’ve no political affiliation. Nevertheless, I wonder … Continue reading

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Thatcher, Pergau Dam, ATP


Recently, with the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the Guardian ran two articles discussing her impact on development: Short-lived legacy: Margaret Thatcher, neoliberalism and the global south and Margaret Thatcher: her impact and legacy in global development. What was not … Continue reading

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It’s not really such a great aid mystery


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
The latest edition of The Spectator carries an opinion piece by Jonathan Foreman entitled The Great Aid Mystery http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8808521/the-great-aid-mystery/. In a diatribe laced with rather tired tropes, and whose style undermines the argument he makes, Foreman’s…

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