By Georgina Sturge
Senior Research Officer on the Social Protection programme at the Overseas Development Institute in London
LONDON, 6 January 2017
Recent months have seen a proliferation of media reports attacking the UK aid programme – the latest target being cash transfers to the poor or, put differently, the “UK's £1bn foreign aid cashpoint”.
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Managing the transition from traditional aid to new kinds of development partnerships is increasingly important for DFID in the current aid landscape.
ICAI examined how well the Department for International Development managed the process of ending bilateral aid, or transitioning to new forms of development partnerships, in seven countries.
The Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) is a cost-effective way to support humanitarian action in Sudan. Under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), the SHF aims to support the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to the most critical humanitarian needs as defined by the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) or any agreed upon strategy by the HC. The SHF provides funding to international and national non–governmental organizations and UN agencies. The SHF receives voluntary donor contributions and supports humanitarian response year–round.
The Guardian published an article describing how Priti Patel, new Secretary of State for International Development in the UK, plans to overhaul the aid system. There are concerns that her call for a more efficient sector will translate in budget cuts for international development.
By Ben Parker
British NGOs received €145 million from the EU’s emergency aid department, ECHO, in 2015. When the UK leaves the EU following Brexit, UK-registered non-profits will no longer be eligible for that funding, and the ECHO annual budget is also likely to shrink in the absence of UK contributions.
La iniciativa "La educación no puede esperar" busca proporcionar educación de calidad en los próximos cinco años para 13,6 millones de niños y jóvenes en situaciones de emergencia y crisis prolongadas.
Estambul, 23 de mayo de 2016 – Varias organizaciones mundiales y nacionales lanzaron hoy la iniciativa “La educación no puede esperar", un nuevo fondo para coordinar mejor el apoyo a la educación para los niños y los jóvenes afectados por situaciones de emergencia humanitaria y crisis prolongada, e impulsar la inversión en este terreno.
Education Cannot Wait aims to provide 13.6 million children and youth in emergencies and protracted crises with quality education over the next five years
ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – Global and national organisations today launch a new fund to better coordinate support for, and drive investment in, education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises.
DFID MUST USE INFLUENCE TO HELP CHANGE INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN SYSTEM
The government does not fully understand how taxpayers’ money is spent when it intervenes in crises overseas, the Committee of Public Accounts concludes in a new Report.
In its 35th Report of this Session, published today, the Committee says the Department for International Development is “doing a good job” of intervening across an increasing number and range of crises.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 13 April 2016
New figures confirm the EU and its Member States have kept their place as the world's leading aid donor in 2015.
13/04/2016 - Development aid totalled USD 131.6 billion in 2015, representing a rise of 6.9% from 2014 in real terms as aid spent on refugees in host countries more than doubled in real terms to USD 12 billion. Stripping out funds spent on refugees, aid was still up 1.7% in real terms, according to official data collected by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
Poverty reduction must remain top priority for UK aid, says International Development Committee
In November 2015, the Government released a new UK aid strategy called UK aid: tackling global challenges in the national interest, alongside the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), with an increased focus on how international development benefits the national interest.
The strategy contains an increased focus on ‘fragile’ states and regions and encourages greater spending of Official Development Assistance (ODA) by other government departments.
The global development landscape is changing fast. In 2015, a new global development agenda was launched through the Global Goals, alongside international commitments on development finance and climate change. In the UK, the government has set out a strategy for UK aid for the next five years.
Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre
Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.
Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang
L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.
Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed
Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis
The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.
DFID depends greatly on the multilateral system to achieve results. Multilateral agencies are able to deliver aid on a large scale and have widespread legitimacy to lead and co-ordinate development and humanitarian assistance. DFID is well respected as a funder and has significant influence in the multilateral system. In 2013-14 DFID spent almost two-thirds (£6.32 billion) of its budget through multilateral agencies and many agencies depend on DFID as their largest funder.
UK aid, at its best, makes a real and positive difference to the lives and livelihoods of poor people around the world. Ensuring the best possible performance across a large and multifaceted aid programme is, however, a complex management challenge. This report reviews ICAI’s previous 44 reports and looks at how well DFID ensures positive, long-term, transformative change across its work.
Department for International Development encouraged to cap humanitarian funding and focus on bilateral programmes in sub-Saharan Africa
The UK is spending too much on humanitarian aid and funding big international agencies when it should be concentrating on its own long-term development programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, an influential group of MPs has warned.
Research and Evidence Division (RED) is responsible for making DFID more systematic in the use of evidence and thereby having greater development impact by:
17/12/2014 - The United Kingdom has done well to increase its development spending to 0.72% of gross national income despite a challenging budget climate and should strive to maintain that level of aid for the years ahead, according to a new OECD Review.