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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 ...
A Five-Point Plan For UK Global Health Policy in 2024
November 30, 2023
Since 2019, the UK’s strong reputation in global health has been undermined by a series of cuts and a distracting departmental reorganisation. November 2023 may represent a turning point—with a new Foreign Minister who has historically championed aid as Prime Minister, and the publication of a new i...
The Future of UK Global Health Policy: Challenges and Opportunities
November 30, 2023
Since 2019, the UK’s strong reputation in global health has been undermined by a series of deep cuts and a distracting departmental reorganisation. 2024 may, however, represent a turning point, with new Foreign and Development Ministers, both with a strong track record on development, the implementa...
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...
Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management? The Case of the United Kingdom
November 14, 2023
In the wake of a challenging year, the Bank of England (BoE) has found itself navigating a tumultuous economic landscape marked by significant upheavals. Following the release of the mini-budget in September 2022, the BoE was compelled to take proactive measures to stabilize the financial system. Th...
How Can Labour Migration Help the UK’s Green Transition? Takeaways From a Cross-Sector Roundtable
October 26, 2023
Green-skilled labour migration could support the green transition, and yield major benefits for both development and carbon emissions. But what skills does the UK need? How reliable are the UK’s domestic training pipelines? What are the prospects for deliberate international recruitment?
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.
Five Proposals for a New Era in UK Global Health Policy
September 27, 2023
The UK is, hopefully, coming out of its nadir in international development. This is marked by planned rises in development spend, an ambitious new international development white paper, a supportive Minister, and a new parliament in 2024. But before considering any proposal, future governments with ...
How the UK is Financing New Billions for Climate and Ukraine
September 07, 2023
We have reviewed each of the UK’s seven main finance tools—from export finance to capital increases at its private finance arm, British International Investment. Overall, we find that the UK has substantially increased the level of finance it mobilises, from around £3bn in 2018, to £5bn in 2021, and...