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The End of UK Aid to India: A Missed Opportunity to Nurture the Indian Development Story - Future Foreign Policy

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Ending aid to India is entirely appropriate and long overdue. This article demonstrates the muddled thinking that all too often drives the Aid Industry who seek to justify their own taxpayer-funded programmes by making claims of wider societal benefit that can never be successfully quantified (and they know this).

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Growing share of European development aid disguised as loans

Growing share of European development aid disguised as loans | Stabilisation | Scoop.it

Since 2005, more than half (55%) of French Aid was in the form of loans.

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Africa’s elite exploit Chinese development aid, study reveals

Africa’s elite exploit Chinese development aid, study reveals | Stabilisation | Scoop.it
A recent study shows China’s development aid for Africa flows primarily to the birth regions of leading African politicians, while geopolitical interests only play a secondary role for Beijing. EurActiv Germany reports.
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GDELT Global Dashboard: Big data for conflict resolution and peacebuilding | Insight on Conflict

GDELT Global Dashboard: Big data for conflict resolution and peacebuilding | Insight on Conflict | Stabilisation | Scoop.it
The GDELT Global Dashboard is a new tool for visualising conflict and protest events on a global scale.

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Monitoring and Evaluation of Stabilisation Activities


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A Lesson Note from the Stabilisation Unit. I believe the best way to monitor and evaluate Influence and Stabilisation activites is to have very SMART objectives. A common problem is that organisations audit processes and not results. Don't measure how many people you've trained to be seamstresses, measure how many products they sell once they are trained and what revenue they earn.

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Afghan Opium is a Solvable Economic Problem | Fulcrum Strategic


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The underlying rationale in this piece had (has) merit.  I made similar points as the lone Brit embedded in the (US) Coalition Joint Civ-Mil Ops Task Force (CJCMOTF) Afghanistan  in 2002. 

 

Whilst the solution outlined may be flawed, the general concept behind it is absolutely sound.  For the Afghan producer, poppies present by far and away the most reliable economic option.  Given the current local business environment and Afghan state  mal- administration, there is no equivalent alternative economic activity that is as robust and sustainable. 

 

However, solutions must not be devised in isolation, given the importance of Afghanistan to very powerful criminal groups, such as those running the 'Balkan (Drugs) Pipeline' which is largely fed from Afghanistan, and the Macedonian-run, Frankfurt-based 'Frankfurt Mafia', one of the world's  top Drug and Money-laundering gangs.

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David James's curator insight, January 15, 2014 4:48 PM

How to beat the opium trade in Afghanistan. Needs up dating since it was first written in 2005 but the Fulcrum Strategy is still to my mind the most pragmatic and realistic way to stop Afghanistan becoming a narco state.

David James's comment, January 18, 2014 3:17 PM
Thanks for the share and comments Chris. At the time it was first written (2005) I think the Fulcrum Strategy would have worked. In 2014 it would be almost impossible to draw in the big opium traffickers but I've still not seen a better CN strategy for Afghanistan and its certainly better than the none strategy that has unfolded. I spent my latter years in Afghanistan living in the north trying to win what remained of the peace and didn't keep up with the south. If you're still involved would be interested to hear your thoughts on how to retain the gains in the south and keeping the centre secure.
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First aid: a simple yet radical response to Africa's rising road deaths? - The Guardian

First aid: a simple yet radical response to Africa's rising road deaths? - The Guardian | Stabilisation | Scoop.it
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Altruism and foreign aid: all that glitters is not gold - The Cambridge Student

Altruism and foreign aid: all that glitters is not gold - The Cambridge Student | Stabilisation | Scoop.it
Altruism and foreign aid: all that glitters is not gold The Cambridge Student In a time of public spending cuts and austerity measures, the UK government will this year be the first of the G8 countries to meet a decades-old international target of...
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International Development: Sweden Commended For Global Development Aid | Mike Hitchen Online: i On Global Trends

International Development: Sweden Commended For Global Development Aid | Mike Hitchen Online: i On Global Trends | Stabilisation | Scoop.it

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'UK aid budget is not just about alleviating poverty': Justine Greening's real ... - This is Money

'UK aid budget is not just about alleviating poverty': Justine Greening's real ... - This is Money | Stabilisation | Scoop.it
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Civil, military top brass gauges impact of Taliban talks initiative - The Nation

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Previous E-Polls >> · Tweet · Tweet. Civil, military top brass gauges impact of Taliban talks initiative. PM for taking dialogue offer to logical end.
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Foreign aid: transparency will help African nations prosper ...

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Observer editorial: As humanitarian pressures slowly decrease, the need for openness to avoid exploitation or corruption will increase.
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Land and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: The durability of Middle ...

by Dan E. Stigall Dan E. Stigall is a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the The Judge Advocate General's Legal ...
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The questionable economics of development assistance in Africa: hot-fresh evidence, 1996-2010 - Zunia.org

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The questionable #economics of #development assistance in #Africa http://t.co/nXxXJQxAYR #foreignaid #aidtransparency #aid #funding #news
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Foreign Aid Is a Failure - Reason (blog)

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Throwing good money at bad governments makes poor countries worse off.
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"A constant stream of 'free' money is a perfect way to keep an inefficient or simply bad government in power."(Wall Street Journal 2009) ....just as giving no-strings-attached 'social benefits' within developed economies simply perpetuates social division and inequality.

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If You Want Peace, You Have to Plan for It - Foreign Policy

If You Want Peace, You Have to Plan for It - Foreign Policy | Stabilisation | Scoop.it
Foreign Policy If You Want Peace, You Have to Plan for It Foreign Policy Marking a day of peace may seem idealistic especially against the grim parade of recent events, but to the contrary, its inspiration is decidedly pragmatic: If we do not take...

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Guide to Key Resources for Funding Work in Peacebuilding, International Dev and Related Fields

In this section, I will provide some of the key resources for obtaining funding for on the ground work.

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Britain's wars 'have no strategy', says top military adviser - Telegraph

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Prof Sir Hew Strachan, one of Britain’s leading military thinkers, says Britain “bungled” its involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and is guilty of “strategic failure” over Syria

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Nothing particularly new here, especially the difficulty our leaders faced when making decisions over Syria, as anyone who understands the complexities of the Syrian nation, the nature of the conflict and the proxi-wars being fought out within its boundaries will know. 

 

Sir Hew always makes some interesting points but, eminent though he is as a life-long academic, he (like so many of his colleagues) has never had to take a moment's responsibility for actually making/taking the 'strategic' decisions he espouses.  Real leaders have to deal daily with the consequences of any action or decision (or lack of them) upon the impossibly diverse range of stakeholders that exist in the 'Real World'.  Sir Hew can rejoice in the fact that he is unlikely ever to have to face such a responsibily himself.

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Rwanda’s post-conflict achievements provide inspiration for green economy transformation

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REMA Rwanda Environment Management Authority Portal (RT @FidelePacifique: Rwanda�s post-conflict achievements provide inspiration for green economy transformation http://t.co/9NQT1icG16 #Disc…)...
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Reversing development aid's downward trend - IRINnews.org

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Reversing development aid's downward trend IRINnews.org DAKAR, 24 October 2013 (IRIN) - Aid from the top 15 global donors - all from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) - is...
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Land and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: The durability of Middle ...

by Dan E. Stigall Dan E. Stigall is a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the The Judge Advocate General's Legal ...
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Researchers find one-fifth of foreign aid never leaves donor countries - The Guardian

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The Guardian Researchers find one-fifth of foreign aid never leaves donor countries The Guardian Researchers at the Bristol-based group Development Initiatives estimate that at least $22bn (£13.7bn) of the $100bn-plus reported by donors as...
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Rwanda ranked among most improved post conflict countries | Uburenganzira- Kinyarwanda, Rwanda Justice, Rwanda Courts, Rwanda Legislation, Rwanda Constitution, Genocide Trial |

Rwanda ranked among most improved post conflict countries | Uburenganzira- Kinyarwanda, Rwanda Justice, Rwanda Courts, Rwanda Legislation, Rwanda Constitution, Genocide Trial | | Stabilisation | Scoop.it
 The Mo Ibrahim Governance Index has ranked Rwanda among top five most improved post conflict African countries according to the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG). Other countries include: ...
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Amplify | Amplify upgrade the Stabilisation Unit

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Amplify have provided on-demand technical, web and hosting support to the UK Government's Stabilisation Unit for a number of years now. Recently they launched their upgraded web presence. The Stabilisation Unit are a UK Government ...
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