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New report – State of UK Aid 2017 – an analysis of the quality of UK aid

July 12th, 2017

In a new report out today, the UK Aid Network looks at the data and evidence on the state of UK aid today.

Better understanding UK aid – how much of it there is, who or where it aims to help and how effective it is – is a vital part of meeting the challenges of a new and more complex future emerging for aid and development. This report, the UK Aid Network’s first annual report into the state of UK aid, looks at UK aid through the lens of its primary and fundamental purpose – to target and eliminate poverty. Although much has changed, much has remained the same in UK aid. (more…)

Event – The State of UK Aid – The future of UK aid in a new Global Britain

July 5th, 2017

The State of UK Aid

The future of UK aid in a new Global Britain

When – 12 July 2017 – 17.30-19.00

Where – The ONE Campaign, Endeavour House, 189 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

RSVP to amy@ukan.org.uk

Read the full report here. (more…)

Reforming ODA – counting the private sector

March 8th, 2017

The DAC aims to promote greater private sector engagement in development by allowing ODA to be channelled through a wide range of “private sector instruments” (PSI). This means aid to invest in or give loans to private companies, or to underwrite their activities through guarantees. These proposals are arguably the biggest change to ODA rules for several decades. While civil society do support the notion that the private sector should play a strengthened role in sustainable development, and that certain ODA reforms could support this, we also believe that the current DAC proposals are flawed and risk eroding the value of ODA as a key international public resource for tackling poverty and vulnerability. (more…)

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Lessons to be learnt about how to manage aid exit and transition

November 16th, 2016

Today, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact published its review on DFID’s approach to exit and transitions in aid partnerships. DFID’s score was amber-red, which means that its record was unsatisfactory in most areas.

As this review highlights, there are clearly some important lessons to be learnt about how to do aid exit and transition better to make sure that we can build better post-aid relationships and secure the development impact of UK aid. Putting at risk development gains – potentially achieved over decades – is not good value for money nor does it live up to our commitments and responsibilities to partner countries.

It was also concerning the see the confirmation of the impact this can have on local civil society – both in terms of limiting influence and support to maintain vibrant civic space. Civil society plays a vital role in accountability, as a watchdog, helping people to hold their governments’ to account which can underpin better governance and is another way to help hold onto development wins. (more…)