Following our colleagues’ post on UK political party manifestos and their commitments to development, we take a look at the manifestos’ mentions on official development assistance (ODA) and global health in the run-up to next week’s election. Global health is a major piece of UK development policy; over a quarter of the 0.7 percent of GDP committed to aid is health related, with $1.3 billion channelled via DFID and another $633m through multilaterals (2017 data).
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With the UK General Election just two weeks away, we know that international development is a high priority issue for our blog-reading voters. We have examined each of the main party’s manifestos and analysed their international development commitments.
Rory Stewart may turn out to be the shortest serving Secretary of State for International Development in the UK. Charles Kenny outlines the skills and experience that Rory Stewart has brought to the department.
The UK government has recently ramped up the amount of aid that is directed towards research and development. While this can be positive in ensuring a sound research base for UK aid funds, this should not be seen as an opportunity to plug UK university funding deficits, or to "tie aid" to the UK economy.