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UK: Malaria and the diaspora

UK: Malaria and the diaspora | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The African diaspora in the UK could play a key role in malaria prevention awareness in countries where the disease is endemic
In 2011, the UK's Health Protection Agency recorded 1,677 cases of malaria in the country.

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Could Britain’s New Aid Transparency be a Game-Changer?

Could Britain’s New Aid Transparency be a Game-Changer? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Christmas came early yesterday for anyone interested in seeing more effective and accountable aid, with an announcement from DFID which has raised the bar for aid transparency.

 

The ability to follow the money will be a game-changer for foreign assistance. Once we have in place the system to follow UK aid, it is hard to see why other donor’s will not follow suit.

 

DFID will be using IATI, the internationally-agreed standard and mechanism for sharing aid information. All the information that DFID produces, and the information they will require from implementing organisations and sub contractors, will be in an accessible, comparable, standardised format, making it much easier for everyone to find and use it.

 

As other donors move towards more transparent and traceable aid, using this international standard will make it possible to follow all aid money from any source to seeing exactly how it is being used.

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UK pledges £133m more for Africa to tackle climate change

UK pledges £133m more for Africa to tackle climate change | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Energy secretary Ed Davey announces additional funding to support renewable energy projects and cut carbon emissions

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Stop branding aid

Stop branding aid | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Branding aid runs counter to all of the principles of the aid effectiveness agenda : undermining ownership and diluting the social contract between citizens and their state, visibly bypassing those local institutions that ideally would be providing those services, focusing on inputs (“from the American people”) and promoting domestic interests (politicians and taxpayers getting credit) over international and humanitarian ones.

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Podcast: what does the future hold for UK development aid?

Podcast: what does the future hold for UK development aid? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Who benefits from the growing UK aid budget, what are the most effective ways of spending, and how can Britain develop a credible aid exit strategy?
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'Dynamic' UK aid programme faces challenges

'Dynamic' UK aid programme faces challenges | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Aid watchdog ICAI praises innovation in Pakistan but warns DfID over shortcomings in maternal health and humanitarian projects

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An Investment Not a Burden: Why UK Aid is Important

Lord Mccunnell explains why aid is important for the UK...

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UK: 'Poverty barons' who make a fortune from taxpayer-funded aid budget

UK: 'Poverty barons' who make a fortune from taxpayer-funded aid budget | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Britain's swelling overseas aid budget has created a new group of “poverty barons” paying themselves up to £2 million a year for their work helping the disadvantaged....

 

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Hunger is most urgent threat to children worldwide, report reveals

Hunger is most urgent threat to children worldwide, report reveals | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

As it launches its global child development index, charity urges UK prime minister to lead drive against child malnutrition at the hunger summit he pledged to call during the Olympic Games...

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Will Branding Hurt the “Brand Value” of the UK’s Aid Agency?

Will Branding Hurt the “Brand Value” of the UK’s Aid Agency? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The development blogosphere and Twitterverse were abuzz yesterday over news from across the pond that the venerable British aid agency, the Department for International Development (DFID), would begin branding all aid from the United Kingdom with the Union Jack.

 

Aside from distorting priorities (and shifting the focus away from development objectives), branding can also be counterproductive. The Pakistani public is already very wary about the use of development funds to attempt to buy good will. Requiring that all U.S. projects clearly give credit to the United States paradoxically ensures that almostunited none will.

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UK development assistance in El Salvador – it's more than you think ...

UK development assistance in El Salvador – it's more than you think ... | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Did you know that the UK funds 15% of the European Union’s development assistance budget in El Salvador? Or that the UK’s financial assistance for projects in El Salvador currently totals hundreds of thousands of pounds?

 

UK development assistance in El Salvador sometimes goes unnoticed, because there is no local Department for International Development (DfID) office. But in fact, projects form an important part of our support and commitment to the country.

The UK has been working in the areas of justice and security sector reform, specialised police training, climate change and clean energy, incentivising commercial ties and promoting human rights for many years.

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Education is key to supporting women in South Sudan

Education is key to supporting women in South Sudan | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The decision of the UK's Department for International Development (DfID) to suspend investment in teacher training in South Sudan risks undermining one of the key measures that could alleviate the situation for women in a country that has some of the world's worst developmental indicators.

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Entrepreneurship and Aid: Why Britain Donates.

Entrepreneurship and Aid: Why Britain Donates. | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

This article attempts to justify Britain’s expenditure on development aid to LEDCs (Lower Economically Developed Countries), focusing especially on India and further attempts to determine whether the provision of significant monetary and tax benefits to the upper tiers of society is socially and economically sustainable in development.

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Ethiopian force accused of human rights abuse to receive UK millions

Ethiopian force accused of human rights abuse to receive UK millions | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Exclusive: documents seen by the Guardian detail £13-£15m government funding for 'special police' in Ogaden region

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UK: Development Aid takes hit in autumn statement

UK: Development Aid takes hit in autumn statement | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Department for International Development (DfID) will have to "reprioritise" its aid programmes as its budget takes a hit, after George Osborne, the UK chancellor, said economic growth will be weaker than expected.

 

In his statement, Osborne reaffirmed that the UK will spend 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) on development by 2013. But as growth will be weaker than forecast, the 0.7% will mean less money for DfID.

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The hair trade's dirty secret

The hair trade's dirty secret | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

If there's one business in Britain that's bouncy, it's hair extensions – sales are up to £60m a year and growing. But underneath all that hair there's a global tale of exploitation

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Hunger Safety Net Programme: Cash transfers in Northern Kenya

Hunger Safety Net Programme: Cash transfers in Northern Kenya | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The BBC have a short clip here of the new DFID Minister Justine Greening visiting the Hunger Safety Net Programme in Northern Kenya, where eligible households are said to get $40 every couple of months via a "Smartcard."

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UK: DfID urged to include marginalised children

UK: DfID urged to include marginalised children | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Global Campaign for Education welcomes progress on girls but warns DfID is forgetting disabled children and other minorities

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UK: Arms sales and immigration hit rating

UK: Arms sales and immigration hit rating | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Britain is the only G7 country in the Commitment to Development Index top 10 – but questions over arms sales to undemocratic governments are driving down its rating

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UK: Spending on consultants set for scrutiny

UK: Spending on consultants set for scrutiny | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Government inquiries will assess whether UK development department's spending on outside skills represents good value

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Government committed to UN overseas aid target, says Justine Greening

Government committed to UN overseas aid target, says Justine Greening | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Justine Greening, the new international development secretary, has reassured Britain's main aid charities that she remains committed to meeting a UN target on overseas aid spending.

As George Osborne told MPs that the government would abide by its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid by 2013, Greening told Save the Children and other charities that this is the "right thing to do".

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UK: Understanding public attitudes to aid and development (ODI report)

Our findings indicate that the public may be becoming less supportive of maintaining, let alone increasing, current levels of UK spending on aid, even when people are told how much is currently spent. This appears to be linked partly
to the impact of the financial crisis and current austerity measures, with many individuals in our workshops stating that the principle that ‘charity should begin at home’ is even more important at a time of economic hardship. It is also connected to increased concerns about waste and inefficiency in the delivery of aid, a finding previous opinion polling supports.

 

Review here: http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2012/07/international-development-must-be-about-economic-justice-not-charity-or-self-interest/

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Ignore the heart-wrenching pictures and focus on the benefits of aid

Ignore the heart-wrenching pictures and focus on the benefits of aid | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Despite tough recession budgets, the UK has decided to let development spending increase. The international development secretary Andrew Mitchell described spending on aid as "not only from the British people but for the British people", contributing to "a strong, more prosperous and safer world"...

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UK aid: will it hit 0.7% next year?

UK aid: will it hit 0.7% next year? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In the past few weeks the Devpolicy blog has been highlighting the sobering trend of recent declines in foreign aid spending, both on a global scale and domestically with the case of Canada. Australia is one exception to this trend (see relevant budget posts here); the UK is another. But how is the UK progressing in its effort to scale up aid while in recession?

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Ready to learn in debate about post-MDGs?

Ready to learn in debate about post-MDGs? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

David Cameron must be prepared to learn in his post-MDGs role at UN.

 

Being co-chair of the committee to select development targets after 2015 may inspire the prime minister to endorse green and equality policies at home and abroad...

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