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Posts Tagged: Department for International Development
The recent bias in Downing Street against putting the Work and Pensions Secretary up for press conferences and big media shows is inexplicable.
Ryan Henson and Katherine Mulhern: We must maintain Britain’s reputation as an international development superpower
Overseas aid is not just compassionate, but directly tackles the root causes of problems such as extremism and migration which impact us at home.
Andrew Mitchell: Abolishing DfID 2) The case against. “Geneva and New York’s gain will be Global Britain’s loss.”
It is seldom a good sign when Governments decide to tinker with the Whitehall architecture.
Bob Seely: Abolishing DfID 1) The case for. “Is this the be all and end all? No. But it is a great start.”
Throughout the world, there has been a disconnect between British aid and other elements of our overseas policy.
At home, our government’s motives will be questioned, and it will be accused of holding post-colonial attitudes borne of guilt or arrogance.
Reshuffle 3) Chris White: It isn’t just Ministers who get fired. A third of SpAds are set to lose their jobs.
There will be some bruised personalities on the backbenches who will need careful managing over the next few months, and I hear that Spencer is already on the job.
We need to have a Foreign Affairs Committee that mixes idealism with clear thinking – and holds the Foreign Office to account.
The International Development Secretary won’t be drawn on the Prime Minister’s previous comments on his budget or his Department.
Johnson – at a stroke, a bigger player in foreign affairs, because of his larger majority. But what does he want to do?
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.
A separate department was right for the stable, hopeful 1990s. But the years have presented various challenges for which it is less well-suited.
Don’t expect Downing Street to bother too much about what MPs or the media think as it prepares to shake up government and Whitehall.
We should measure the success of our aid programmes by the good we achieve, not simply by the amount of money we spend.
Stephen Crabb and Desmond Swayne: The next Prime Minister must uphold Britain’s commitment to overseas aid
It’s so much more than charity: it bolsters our diplomacy and nurtures trading partners and military allies around the world.
We have always avoided them, for they undermine the competitive dynamic which is essential to a successful trade strategy.