New UK Aid Strategy – Comments by ODI and IDS

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30 Nov 2015

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton have released public comments on a new UK aid strategy that was published in November 2015.

The strategy is titled UK aid: tackling global challenges in the national interest and was presented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. It aims for four objectives:

  • “Strengthening global peace, security and governance”
  • “Strengthening resilience and response to crises”
  • “Promoting global prosperity”
  • “Tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable”

The key points are:

  • “end all traditional general budget support” and concentrate on targeted spending
  • “allocate 50% of all DFID’s spending to fragile states and regions” and “increase aid spending for the Syrian crisis and the related region”
  • dedicated funds:

    • “cross-government Conflict, Stability and Security Fund” for “security objectives”
    • “ODA crisis reserve” for “emerging crises such as the displacement of Syrian refugees”
    • “global public health (the ‘Ross Fund’)”
    • “cross-government Prosperity Fund”

The IDS statement includes a comment by Melissa Leach, Director of the Institute of Development Studies.

The ODI article includes statement by Gideon Rabinowitz, Research Officer; Andrew Rogerson, Senior Research Associate; Dirk Willem te Velde, Head of the International Economic Development Group; and Sara Pantuliano, Director of Humanitarian Programmes.

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