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The Case for Foreign Aid

Chatham House, London


Kate Osamor MP, UK Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Chair: David Hulme, Professor of Development Studies, University of Manchester; Executive Director, Global Development Institute


The UK’s shadow secretary for international development will present her vision for the evolving role of the UK as an international aid donor.  The UK government currently ring fences 0.7% of its GNI to spend on foreign aid but might a populist reaction against globalization combined with recent negative press on the effectiveness of aid spending force the government to reconsider this ring fencing?

Kate Osamor will set out a strong defence of aid and its role in bolstering both the UK’s reputation and influence abroad. She will argue for the protection of the UK budget for aid, which is set for review by the government in 2020, both from the standpoint of moral responsibility and its value as a soft power asset.