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New report – State of UK Aid 2017 – an analysis of the quality of UK aid

July 12th, 2017

In a new report out today, the UK Aid Network looks at the data and evidence on the state of UK aid today.

Better understanding UK aid – how much of it there is, who or where it aims to help and how effective it is – is a vital part of meeting the challenges of a new and more complex future emerging for aid and development. This report, the UK Aid Network’s first annual report into the state of UK aid, looks at UK aid through the lens of its primary and fundamental purpose – to target and eliminate poverty. Although much has changed, much has remained the same in UK aid. (more…)

Event – The State of UK Aid – The future of UK aid in a new Global Britain

July 5th, 2017

The State of UK Aid

The future of UK aid in a new Global Britain

When – 12 July 2017 – 17.30-19.00

Where – The ONE Campaign, Endeavour House, 189 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR


Read the full report here. (more…)

Reforming ODA – counting the private sector

March 8th, 2017

The DAC aims to promote greater private sector engagement in development by allowing ODA to be channelled through a wide range of “private sector instruments” (PSI). This means aid to invest in or give loans to private companies, or to underwrite their activities through guarantees. These proposals are arguably the biggest change to ODA rules for several decades. While civil society do support the notion that the private sector should play a strengthened role in sustainable development, and that certain ODA reforms could support this, we also believe that the current DAC proposals are flawed and risk eroding the value of ODA as a key international public resource for tackling poverty and vulnerability. (more…)

Improving UK aid – where next for development effectiveness?

November 16th, 2016

Ahead of the next High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Nairobi 30 November- 1 December, UKAN has published a new discussion paper outlining some of the key challenges ahead as well as opportunities.

The new Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals agreed in 2015 in the United Nations set an ambitious agenda for the world to achieve by 2030 and one that will require substantially more in the way of resources both aid and other, coherence of policy and approach within and between countries, and solutions to intractable or inherently political challenges that will require both political will and the resources to pay for it.  Ensuring that those resources are used effectively – ensuring value for money in terms of impact and development outcomes – and that all development stakeholders are included, accountable and responsible for delivering on development goals, is fundamentally what the development and aid effectiveness agenda and principles[1] are about. (more…)

Lessons to be learnt about how to manage aid exit and transition

November 16th, 2016

Today, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact published its review on DFID’s approach to exit and transitions in aid partnerships. DFID’s score was amber-red, which means that its record was unsatisfactory in most areas.

As this review highlights, there are clearly some important lessons to be learnt about how to do aid exit and transition better to make sure that we can build better post-aid relationships and secure the development impact of UK aid. Putting at risk development gains – potentially achieved over decades – is not good value for money nor does it live up to our commitments and responsibilities to partner countries.

It was also concerning the see the confirmation of the impact this can have on local civil society – both in terms of limiting influence and support to maintain vibrant civic space. Civil society plays a vital role in accountability, as a watchdog, helping people to hold their governments’ to account which can underpin better governance and is another way to help hold onto development wins. (more…)

Statement to OECD DAC members ahead of Senior Level Meeting

October 5th, 2016

Discussions at the OECD-DAC’s forthcoming Senior Level Meeting will mark an important step in shaping the future of ODA and development finance more broadly. They will impact development cooperation practices of all DAC member states, including the UK. They have the possibility to fundamentally redefine – and improve or undermine – aid and its role in international development.  The UK has been and remains a staunch advocate of effective, high impact aid and we hope that it can continue to play that role as the DAC considers these reforms. (more…)

Job vacancy – Researcher

May 3rd, 2016

Researcher – UK Aid Network

(£24,674-£27,796 pro rata and according to experience)

12 month fixed term contract, part-time (3 days per week) with a possibility of extension and flexible working hours

Central London

Experienced in conducting original and robust research and analysis you are seeking a new challenge and the opportunity to make a positive impact, as a Researcher for the UK Aid Network you will help the network and our members to shape the debate on aid in the UK, EU and globally. The UK Aid Network (UKAN) is a coalition of UK-based development NGOs working together to advocate for more and better aid. This is where your skills come in. (more…)


November 24th, 2015
(Brussels 24/11/2015) Action remains well short of ambition in the European Union, a new report by CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development shows. Despite repeated promises, the EU as a whole did not deliver on its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) as aid by 2015. More worryingly, there is an emerging trend in EU countries to divert aid budgets from sustainable development to domestic costs associated with hosting refugees and asylum seekers.


NEW REPORT – Leveraging Aid – a literature review

April 6th, 2015

There is a great deal of focus at the moment – political, technical and from a variety of development actors – on the potential for ODA to be used to catalyse substantial and additional resources for development.  Additionality is thus a crucial criteria and determinant in projects using ODA to leverage private investments. Unless it can be proven that ODA funds are necessary to a) make the project happen and/or b) increase the development impact of projects, then they are simply displacing other actors who could provide finance and unnecessarily subsidizing private sector investments. Read the full report here. (more…)

UK Parliament enshrines 0.7% aid commitment in law

March 30th, 2015

In the 2010 election, all the major parties committed to enshrining the UK’s commitment to 0.7% in law and last week that promise was finally delivered with the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act becoming law after Royal Assent on the 26th of March.

Read our blog on the Act and what comes next – Aid and Beyond –  here.

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