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Improving UK aid – where next for development effectiveness?

November 16th, 2016

Ahead of the next High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Nairobi 30 November- 1 December, UKAN has published a new discussion paper outlining some of the key challenges ahead as well as opportunities.

The new Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals agreed in 2015 in the United Nations set an ambitious agenda for the world to achieve by 2030 and one that will require substantially more in the way of resources both aid and other, coherence of policy and approach within and between countries, and solutions to intractable or inherently political challenges that will require both political will and the resources to pay for it.  Ensuring that those resources are used effectively – ensuring value for money in terms of impact and development outcomes – and that all development stakeholders are included, accountable and responsible for delivering on development goals, is fundamentally what the development and aid effectiveness agenda and principles[1] are about. (more…)

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…)

Statement to OECD DAC members ahead of Senior Level Meeting

October 5th, 2016

Discussions at the OECD-DAC’s forthcoming Senior Level Meeting will mark an important step in shaping the future of ODA and development finance more broadly. They will impact development cooperation practices of all DAC member states, including the UK. They have the possibility to fundamentally redefine – and improve or undermine – aid and its role in international development.  The UK has been and remains a staunch advocate of effective, high impact aid and we hope that it can continue to play that role as the DAC considers these reforms. (more…)

Job vacancy – Researcher

May 3rd, 2016

Researcher – UK Aid Network

(£24,674-£27,796 pro rata and according to experience)

12 month fixed term contract, part-time (3 days per week) with a possibility of extension and flexible working hours

Central London

Experienced in conducting original and robust research and analysis you are seeking a new challenge and the opportunity to make a positive impact, as a Researcher for the UK Aid Network you will help the network and our members to shape the debate on aid in the UK, EU and globally. The UK Aid Network (UKAN) is a coalition of UK-based development NGOs working together to advocate for more and better aid. This is where your skills come in. (more…)

New AidWatch Report launched – EU MISSES ITS OWN TARGET FOR DEVELOPMENT AID: A FALSE START FOR THE EU AGENDA 2030 AMBITIONS

November 24th, 2015
(Brussels 24/11/2015) Action remains well short of ambition in the European Union, a new report by CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development shows. Despite repeated promises, the EU as a whole did not deliver on its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) as aid by 2015. More worryingly, there is an emerging trend in EU countries to divert aid budgets from sustainable development to domestic costs associated with hosting refugees and asylum seekers.

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NEW REPORT – Leveraging Aid – a literature review

April 6th, 2015

There is a great deal of focus at the moment – political, technical and from a variety of development actors – on the potential for ODA to be used to catalyse substantial and additional resources for development.  Additionality is thus a crucial criteria and determinant in projects using ODA to leverage private investments. Unless it can be proven that ODA funds are necessary to a) make the project happen and/or b) increase the development impact of projects, then they are simply displacing other actors who could provide finance and unnecessarily subsidizing private sector investments. Read the full report here. (more…)

UK Parliament enshrines 0.7% aid commitment in law

March 30th, 2015

In the 2010 election, all the major parties committed to enshrining the UK’s commitment to 0.7% in law and last week that promise was finally delivered with the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act becoming law after Royal Assent on the 26th of March.

Read our blog on the Act and what comes next – Aid and Beyond –  here.

Looking back at the 2010-2015 Parliament

March 27th, 2015

This Parliament has ended and we are very quickly all shifting to focusing on the election and the important global moments to come in 2015.  It is also worth remembering what we have achieved in the last 5 years – most notably seeing the UK reach, maintain and legislate for the 0.7% target – but also the many smaller achievements and successes.  Have a look at some of the other work we’ve done with this Parliament here.

Aid and beyond

March 10th, 2015

Yesterday, a bill that protects the United Kingdom’s commitment to spend 0.7 percent of gross national income on aid passed its final parliamentary hurdle and is finally on its way to becoming a legally binding act of Parliament.

It’s a great success — and one politicians and nongovernmental organizations can and should be proud of. But the battle isn’t over yet. (more…)

New OECD DAC preliminary statistics confirm UK reached 0.7%

April 8th, 2014

Preliminary new ODA statistics released by the OECD DAC today confirm that the UK reached the 0.7% target in 2013.  The UK also became the second largest donor in volume terms behind the US. (more…)

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