Tag Archives: Phil Vernon

It’s right to question aid, but better to focus on effectiveness, rather than the 0.7%


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 to foreign aid is flawed. This is…

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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


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 UK government and others with influence to…

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The World Bank: how is it doing?


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 17) funding as effective as possible in…

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Is overseas aid an instrument of soft power?


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. It turns out it’s not just a…

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