Monthly Archives: November 2011

Trade versus Aid – does anyone still believe it’s a choice between the two?

A short comment piece by me has just been published on the Global Herald site on the hoary issue of ‘trade versus aid’. In it, I suggest few really believe that the choice is a stark one between the two. … Continue reading

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Who does more for development: bankers or ‘aid workers’?

An interesting debate on Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning about who can do the most good in tackling poverty: aid workers or bankers. The argument, put forward by Will Crouch, a DPhil student at Oxford University’s Uehiro Centre for … Continue reading

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The militarisation of aid: military forces as development and humanitarian actors

If the question as to what is legitimate aid spending is more problematic than might first appear, so too is the question as to who is a legitimate development actor. We are used to donors, international organisations such as the … Continue reading

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‘Colonial pensions’: a development activity?

If spending as part of the Conflict Pool to help resolve and prevent conflict, financial support to help countries meet environmental targets, and the other spending streams described yesterday are perhaps more within the scope of what might be considered … Continue reading

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Who is spending UK international development aid?

The question as to what qualifies as ‘international development’ spending (or, more pertinently, what should qualify) leads us to look at what the UK government counts in its statistics on overall aid spending. Those who do not work in the … Continue reading

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