The UK and the Developing World
Dr Kevin Watkins, Director, EFA Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO and Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Global Economic Governance Programme, University College, Oxford University
Chair: Alex Vines OBE, Research Director for Regional and Security Studies, Chatham House
The UK has become a leading player internationally in promoting sustainable development in the world's poorest countries and other parts of the developing world. Since the establishment of DFID in 1997, UK aid distribution has risen steadily and is set to reach £7.8 billion by 2010/11. Meanwhile, UK NGOs have come to play a pivotal function in direct aid work and in raising awareness of areas of concern. Through this combined international action, overseas aid has become a significant component of the UK's international role and is likely to remain a fundamental part of the UK's foreign policy for the foreseeable future.
This working group will discuss a forthcoming paper that will situate the UK's continuing role in the developing world within recent international trends. The paper will also consider a range of issues associated with current development policies, including the case for aid, the nature of the aid budget and the effectiveness of aid, as well as poverty reduction as a foreign policy goal and tensions over donor priorities. It will focus on issues associated with governance reform, EU development policy and international responses to humanitarian and global economic crises.
The working group forms part of the project, Rethinking the UK's International Ambitions and Choices.
Attendance is strictly by invitation only.
For more information please contact Jonathan Knight.