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

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

RSVP to amy@ukan.org.uk

Read the full report here.


Chair – Molly Anders, Global Development Reporter, Devex

Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the International Development Select Committee

Dr Alison Evans, Chief Commissioner, Independent Commission for Aid Impact

Amy Dodd, Director, UK Aid Network

Government representative (TBC)

The last decade has been one of change, evolution and challenges for international development and aid in the UK and beyond. It has seen the UK reaffirm its place as an international leader in development and aid – helping to shape the global development agenda and meeting the promises it has made to the world’s poorest. It has also been one where the aid and development landscape has continued to evolve at a rapid pace as political realities that seemed stable shift, and global development challenges and goals become both more comprehensive and more complex. The UK must respond to a newly agreed set of priorities in the Sustainable Development Goals – part of the new Agenda 2030 that the UK played a substantial role in shaping – and the Paris Agreement on climate change. All set against a backdrop of one of the biggest political upheavals the UK has seen in decades with the vote to leave the European Union.

Beyond the more obvious changes Brexit is likely to bring, it has also emboldened traditional aid critics and put more pressure on the UK’s development programme, commitment to targets like the 0.7% ODA/GNI promise and the very idea of aid. There is no question that the beginning of 2017 sees the aid and development sector – government, private sector, civil society – under attack.  The 2017 general election campaign kicked off with a concerted – if failed – effort to cut the UK’s aid budget and walk back the 0.7% commitment.  While these efforts may have failed for the moment they are just one example of the growing challenges to UK aid.  The unexpected general election in May 2017 has also seen a firm commitment from the government to further reforming aid. Protecting the impact and results that UK aid has in eradicating poverty and inequality, and supporting sustainable development is more important than ever.

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 this 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.

Join us for a discussion on the future of aid in the UK – opportunities and challenges – as we launch our annual report.

  • What are the key trends we can see emerging in UK aid? What do these suggest about the future and the challenges UK needs to respond to?
  • What do these trends tell us about how the quality, the effectiveness of UK aid is also evolving?
  • How can the risks and benefits of a ‘whole of government’ approach to development – and aid spending – be best managed and mitigated?
  • How do or can development and national interest aims line up? Can they be the same or are they largely irreconcilable?
  • What does all of this tell us about the future direction of aid in the UK?
  • What changes could/should be proposed to how and for what aid is used?

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