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Welcome to my blog - I'm Charles Reed and I advise the Church of England on foreign policy issues.
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Tag Archives: International Development
Ecumenical visits to Helsinki, Finland and then to Novi Saad, Serbia, followed by the debate on the Queen’s Speech has meant there has been little time to blog. There has certainly been no shortage of issues to write about –Chicago … 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
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
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
Christian Aid’s AGM today was an opportunity to see for the first time the new Director and Chair in action and to assess how CA is responding to the changes at No10. Over the last 18 months CA has gone through major … Continue reading
Dancing on the Heads of Snakes has had its Day – Understanding British Foreign and Development Policy to Yemen
Earlier this week I attended a Chatham House conference titled Yemen: Political Dynamics and the International Policy Framework. The highlight was the intervention by Alan Duncan, the Minister of State for International Development, on government policy towards Yemen. What hit … Continue reading