Overseas development spending will never fulfil its soft-power potential if DfID is allowed to pursue what amounts to its own foreign policy.
Posts Tagged: Department for International Development
Patel got a lot done – in particular, improving international rules about emergency spending. Now her successor must work on an aid policy for Global Britain.
Replacing one female Brexiteer with another is an elegant solution, but the new International Development Secretary brings experience to the role too.
As the civil service starts to grow again Conservatives must remember our mission to reduce bureaucracy
Francis Maude was responsible for a huge achievement in slimming down the numbers in Whitehall. His legacy is under threat.
Our commitment to overseas development is under constant political pressure, but it enhances British soft power around the world.
Cameron’s insistence on binding Britain to the OECD has undermined not just May’s vision for overseas development, but his own.
Parveen Hassan: The relationship between Britain and Bangladesh is increasingly important to both countries
Conservatives Friends of Bangladesh plays an important part in strengthening economic, cultural and political ties.
Fiona Hodgson: While the election rages on, we have chance this month to reduce starvation and hunger worldwide
40 million people are currently in urgent need of food assistance. The G7 summit at the end of May has an opportunity to act.
The Prime Minister spoke for many when she said that “we should all be proud of the help and support we are giving to people around the world”.
“We will put the interests of the Union – both the parts and the whole – at the heart of our decision-making.” May’s Scottish speech: full text
She argues that overseas aid is a prime example of how a united, global Britain is a force for good.
WATCH: The Prime Minister in Scotland – “The strength and stability of our Union will become even more important”
Theresa May addresses the Department for International Development ahead of the Scottish Parliament’s upcoming vote on a second independence referendum.
If ever a small community deserve a change of fortune, it is the residents of the island, and I will continue to play a small part in making life uncomfortable for those who let them down.
Nigel Evans: I support the Government’s aid target. But we risk it being abandoned unless spending is reformed.
Unless we sort out the problems right now, then I fear it is a battle I will lose.
Even if she wanted to, she couldn’t reduce her department’s budget without a change in the law.
Chris Whitehouse: Is our overseas aid fuelling hate and discrimination against religious minorities?
A new report, and an event tomorrow, highlight the plight of people throughout the world persecuted for practising their faith – especially by extremist Islamist groups.