Today, the select Committee on International Development (IDC) published the first in a series of reports on the future of UK development cooperation. Today’s report focused on issues related to financing for development. The report acknowledges the important role that aid plays in low income development countries and strongly recommends that the UK maintains its 0.7% target. However, it also recommends the establishment of a UK development bank that would issue loans to middle income countries (MICs) and an increase in aid money to support the private sector. (more…)
In the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement released on 5 December, the Government reconfirmed that it will reach its target to spend 0.7% of national income on aid in 2013.
Responding to the Statement, Amy Dodd, Coordinator of the UK Aid Network (more…)
A lot of discussion, and certainly a lot of the media coverage, on aid in the UK is focused on the raw numbers. Simply put, we talk more about how much we spend than on how and where we spend it and focus on unrepresentative little ‘anecdotes’ that feed misconceptions and the commentator’s own prejudices.