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What Is the UK’s International Development White Paper For?
December 07, 2023
A couple of weeks ago, the UK’s Minister for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, presented the first new White Paper on International Development for almost fifteen years to Parliament. Its release has prompted much comment. My own opinion leans towards measured praise. But so far, none of t...
How the UK Can Make the Best Use of the Multilateral Development Finance System
December 06, 2023
This note argues that the United Kingdom (UK), working within old and new coalitions, should take a more strategic approach to the aims and funding of a leading cluster of major multilateral funding institutions. It sets out the UK’s role within multilaterals, the key reform issues and how to treat ...
What To Look for In the UK’s New Development White Paper
November 16, 2023
Well done Andrew Mitchell. On Monday he will unveil the UK’s first White Paper on development for 14 years, and the first credible statement of policy and intent on the subject of any kind for more than a decade. (Yes, there have been previous documents claiming to be strategies, including Liz Truss...
Setting the Compass for Eliminating World Poverty: The Department for International Development 1997-2003
October 24, 2023
By 2003, DFIF was one of the world’s most influential international development organizations thanks to a combination of effective political leadership, wider government backing, clear objectives supported by rigorously deployed resources, and large numbers of capable and motivated staff.
History, Signal, Politics and Strategy: Why Labour Created DFID in 1997
June 19, 2023
When Boris Johnson announced the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in September 2020, he signaled the dissolution of the Department for International Development (DFID) after nearly 25 years. In a new series, to be published over the next 18 months, we will look at the wa...
Why Did Labour Create the Department for International Development?
June 19, 2023
Looking back on the run up to the creation of DFID in 1997, those involved tend now to tell two somewhat conflicting stories: first that it was simply “in Labour’s DNA” to uplift development and give it a separate voice in government, and second that the creation of DFID was very much about the circ...
From MDB Reform to UK International Development Cooperation: Takeaways from an Evening with Minister Andrew Mitchell
March 14, 2023
On Wednesday March 8, the Center for Global Development hosted an event with Andrew Mitchell, Minister of State for Development and Africa of the United Kingdom, as part of our series of conversations and work on the future of development. The Minister spoke about the role the UK is playing today, t...
Labour's Plans for International Development: Preet Gill at CGD
February 14, 2023
Read our summary of the recent wide-ranging conversation between the Shadow International Development Secretary, Preet Kaur Gill, MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston and Sir Mark Lowcock on the future of the UK's development policy.
How to Reverse the Decline in the Poverty Focus of UK Aid
February 07, 2023
It is well understood that the same amount of aid makes a bigger difference to peoples’ lives when their incomes are lower. And Development Minister Andrew Mitchell has rightly emphasised a “focus on the poorest and most vulnerable” in the UK’s development activities. With significant cuts to the UK...
UK Aid Spend in 2022: Oral Evidence at the International Development Committee
December 19, 2022