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Tag Archives: Department for International Development
Justine Greening, the UK Secretary of State for International Development, today gives evidence to the House of Commons International Development Select Committee’s inquiry into UK aid to Rwanda. The Committee’s decision to launch an inquiry here reflects wider political unease … Continue reading
How should Labour work with civil society, faith groups and others to deliver effective development? That was the question that I posted last week following a meeting of the Labour Party’s policy review group on international development. The little research … Continue reading
Yesterday was a bit of a surreal day for me as I attended the first Expert Task Force meeting of the Labour Party’s Working Group on International Development. There are six Expert Task Forces that make up this Working Group, … Continue reading
I’ve never had the privilege of meeting Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the Head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, but by all accounts he is a learned and spiritual man. His comments yesterday criticising British aid policy to Pakistan therefore … Continue reading
What is one to make of the results of Changing Lives, the Department for International Development’s (DfIDs) review exercise published yesterday? In the rush to delve into the report’s critical details, it is all too easy to overlook that the … Continue reading
What can one say about Andrew Mitchell’s address to General Synod? Let’s take the question of style first. This was a very business like performance. There was none of the rabble rousing rhetoric used by Secretary of State’s of old. … Continue reading
Andrew Mitchell, the Secretary of State for International Development, is due to address the General Synod, the Church’s Parliament, later this afternoon on the topic of Internationalising the Big Society. This could prove interesting given that Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, the … Continue reading
Yesterday’s meeting with the DfID’s Civil Society Department in East Kilbride was a positive if tiring affair. The professionalism of staff was self-evident as was their willingness to engage in a frank conversation about the potential for collaboration around the faith … Continue reading
A colleague and I are catching the sleeper – separate berths I should stress – to Glasgow tonight for a meeting tomorrow with Department for International Development officials ahead of Andrew Mitchell’s speech to the General Synod next month. This is a long way to … Continue reading