Tag Archives: Phil Vernon

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 11


Haven’t done this series in a while so here we go: 1) Jin Liqun: From the lines of Lord Byron to AIIB’s corridors of power A Devex article on Jin Liqun,the first leader of the recently created, non-Western dominated, non-neoliberal … Continue reading

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Soft Power


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
The House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s influence published its report this week, comeplete with mind map and pages and pages of evidence. http://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/soft-power-uk-influence/SoftPowerEvVol2.pdf Their report urges the…

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The World Bank: how is it doing?


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
Last week I spent some time in Washington D.C., on the fringes of the World Bank/IMF autumn meetings. I was discussing International Alert’s recommendations for making the next round of the Bank’s International Development Association (IDA…

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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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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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