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: Overseas Aid
Nick Herbert: The question isn’t whether aid works. It does. The question is how it can work better.
The challenge for aid donors and recipients alike is to work together to improve its efficiency and effectiveness.
Dom Morris: Further cuts to the navy’s amphibious capabilities would threaten the prospects of Global Britain
The Task Force dispatched in response to Hurricane Irma was a remarkable achievement. If the rumoured cuts go ahead, we will not be able to repeat it.
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.
While we still have a commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of our GDP on foreign aid, I would much rather see such funds allocated to our Overseas Territories.
Our commitment to overseas development is under constant political pressure, but it enhances British soft power around the world.
“A society that does not judge you for where you come from or your background or how you live your life provided you do no harm to others that is the syncretic genius of our country.”
“Of course sometimes the exchanges are tough, but that is to be expected…because the prizes for success are enormous. As are the consequences of failure.”
I left feeling proud that as a UK taxpayer my money is being put to such good use, but we mustn’t pat ourselves on the back just yet. Our work is not done.
Cameron’s insistence on binding Britain to the OECD has undermined not just May’s vision for overseas development, but his own.
Iain Dale: Feel for the Grenfell judge. Nothing he could say or do would appease those who claim to speak for the victims.
Plus: I miss the Liberal Democrat conference. I miss the beards. I miss the sandals. I miss being asked for a discount on a 50p postcard…
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.
It will take a strong political will and much reforming zeal to make the ‘Cinderella service’ meet the needs of young and vulnerable people.
Our new report argues that the Government must focus on security, climate change, human rights, and other shared international agendas and challenges.
The way in which the 0.7 per cent target is defined is out of date. Lack of money is not necessarily the primary cause of underdevelopment.