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Grants or loans: how should the UK provide aid in the future?

Grants or loans: how should the UK provide aid in the future? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
A new report by the IDC explores the new challenges facing UK Development. Three ODI bloggers reflect on its findings – and we want your say.
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Countries with poor tax collection may lose international aid, says Justine Greening

Countries with poor tax collection may lose international aid, says Justine Greening | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Countries with poor tax collection may lose international aid, says Justine Greening,International Development Secretary.

Justine Greening has hinted that the Government may look at reducing aid funding for countries that are not properly collecting taxes.

Ms Greening was being questioned repeatedly about the UK's £500 million aid budget for Pakistan, which has one of the lowest tax collection rates in the world.

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The DFID-isation of AusAID

The DFID-isation of AusAID | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Australia has been following the UK’s lead in striving to scale up its aid program while most other donors cut back. But the similarities go much deeper. The results [pdf] of the UK government’s twin reviews of bilateral and multilateral aid were released in March 2011, highlighting key messages around results-based aid, fragile states, gender, multilateral aid effectiveness and narrowing down the number of countries receiving support (including stopping aid to India and China).

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DfID's aid spend on contractors comes under scrutiny

DfID's aid spend on contractors comes under scrutiny | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
UK aid watchdog gives development department green-amber rating, but NGOs concerned over private sector-led approachIn the financial year 2011-12, DfID awarded 135 contracts to 58 contractors, amounting to £489m, with five contractors winning half of the value of the contracts awarded. The top five contractors winning the most work by value were Adam Smith International (£66.3m), Crown Agents (£62.2m), Voluntary Services Overseas (£54.6m), British Council (£32.4m) and Maxwell Stamp (£26.1m).
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International Aid - It's the Wrong Frame

International Aid - It's the Wrong Frame | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The recent furore over the British international aid budget exposes a failure by the government and aid giving agencies to communicate the good work that they undertake in the developing world.

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Interesting post on why international aid organisations must partner with proven communicators.

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Melanie Phillips: Shut Down Department For International Aid

08.03.2013 In this clip Melanie Phillips says the Department for International Aid should be shut down. Credits: • Presenter: David Dimbleby ...youtube.com
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UK: News poll shows public sceptical over international aid spend

The latest Index poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News finds that the public are divided over the Government's recent plans to spend money from the UK's aid budget on peacekeeping and other defence related projects. 38% agree the Government is right to consider doing this while 35% disagree and 27% say they don't know.

Although the principle behind the policy is understood, with 68% agreeing that international aid is delivered more effectively in developing countries if there is peace and stability, more than half (57%) of the public would prefer aid money to be spent on projects related to education, poverty and fighting disease rather than being spent on peacekeeping and other defence-related projects (19% disagree).

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Aid watchdog criticises UK water project in Darfur

Aid watchdog criticises UK water project in Darfur | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Independent Commission for Aid Impact says project in Sudan failed to consider needs of local people and lacked vision
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Britain paying hundreds of millions of pounds in aid to some of the world's

Britain paying hundreds of millions of pounds in aid to some of the world's | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money are being used to fund aid projects in wealthy countries such as Brazil, China, Iceland and Barbados.

Despite a Coalition pledge that money would be targeted at only the most needy, Britain contributes to a European development aid budget which spends half its funds on middle and higher income nations.

 

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International Development - UK aid: The trouble with numbers

International Development - UK aid: The trouble with numbers | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Something’s missing in the U.K. Department for International Development’s annual report: A good story on how U.K. aid has changed lives.
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International aid 'an investment' for Britain's future - BBC News

International aid 'an investment' for Britain's future - BBC News | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
BBC NewsInternational aid 'an investment' for Britain's futureBBC NewsAndrew Mitchell has said that international aid is "a tremendous investment" for Britain's future and vowed that the UK will stand by its commitments despite financial pressures at home.
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Should the UK government promote UK businesses in developing countries?

Should the UK government promote UK businesses in developing countries? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
'Given the UK’s desire to improve its trade links by targeting emerging and pre-emerging markets and DFID’s desire to make it easier to do business in developing countries, is this a clear opportunity to promote stronger partnerships and...
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Aid watchdog praises UK efforts to empower poor people but adds caveats

Aid watchdog praises UK efforts to empower poor people but adds caveats | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Projects in Ghana and Malawi have had some success, but DfID needs a clearer and more realistic set of goals, report says
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Soft power to the people: Britain should use aid to promote universal values

Soft power to the people: Britain should use aid to promote universal values | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Jonathan Glennie: Instead of safeguarding domestic interests, the select committee investigating the future of aid should view it as a global good
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Where does the UK's aid money go?

Where does the UK's aid money go? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
At a time of UK spending cuts, how does the government decide where and how to allocate its overseas aid budget?
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The soft power of international aid

The soft power of international aid | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The austerity cuts in public spending have brought pressure on areas that are currently protected, such as international aid. But the UK aid programme is a definite source of 'soft power' for Britain, argues Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Oxford, in a Britain in 2013 article.

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Greening To Outline New British Business Involvement In Aid Abroad

Greening To Outline New British Business Involvement In Aid Abroad | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Football's Premier League and top British firms have called on David Cameron to keep his commitment to devote 0.7% of national income on international aid.

The prime minister is under pressure to row back from the spending pledge as government departmental budgets face fresh cuts but business leaders insisted sticking to the funding target would be a "smart investment" as well as the "right thing to do".

It comes as International Development Secretary Justine Greening prepares to outline plans to boost British business involvement in developing countries.

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Aid money 'could go to defence'

Aid money 'could go to defence' | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
David Cameron has said the government is to consider spending money from the UK's £10bn aid budget on peacekeeping and other defence-related projects.
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Justine Greening: DfID to push for UK private investment in Africa

Justine Greening: DfID to push for UK private investment in Africa | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Greening says British businesses should not 'leave economic coast clear' for others, but insists this does not mean 'tied aid'Greening, who became international development secretary in September, said the evidence was clear that economic growth is essential for sustained poverty reduction, and that Britain should do more than simply helping governments put basic services in place.
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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? » | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | 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  with the Union Jack. Why the change?

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Understanding public attitudes to aid and development

Broad support for UK development efforts cannot be taken for granted. The financial crisis and ensuing spending cuts have had a clear impact on public opinion, with recent polls showing that slim majorities now favour a reduction in UK aid spending. There is evidence of growing scepticism about the effectiveness of UK aid programmes (and, indeed, of aid in general), with calls to refocus the development debate on the quality of results rather than the quantity of money spent.

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