Blog: Aid

ICAI: The UK Aid Spending Watchdog

13 March 2017

If you’ve been following news on international development lately, you’ll be aware that aid spending outside of DFID is set to rise. By 2020, it is expected that around 30% of the UK’s aid budget will be spent by other government departments.

With this in mind, it is increasingly important that UK aid remains transparent and accountable, no matter who is spending it. Recognising this, the last Government established an independent body to scrutinise aid spending in 2011, called the...

March conference call recording now available

10 March 2017

A recording of the March grassroots conference call is now available to download here .

In recent years, the UK government has played an important role in raising the global focus of malnutrition.

Yet around 3 million children still die each year from malnutrition, and the world is way off track to meet global targets for ensuring good nutrition. There is a serious risk that progress in tackling malnutrition will...

The International Development Committee and why it matters

1 March 2017

Parliament is often thought of as an antiquated institution, but one of its bodies we engage with most often is even younger than most of our staff and campaigners: 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the creation of the International Development Committee (IDC).

While there had been a government minister...

Evidence and Empathy

5 January 2017
I arrived into my office on the first working day of the new year to a depressingly familiar refrain: “Did you see what was on the front page of the Daily Mail today?!” It came as no surprise when the details of the...

A step forward for disability and development

12 December 2016

“I am determined to establish DFID as the global leader in this neglected and under prioritised area – people with disabilities must be at the heart of our work to build a more prosperous and secure future, which is in all of our interests. I will be working with governments, NGOs, multilaterals, businesses and individuals to ensure that nobody is left behind.”

On Monday 5 th December the Secretary of State of International Development, Priti Patel, made this promising commitment to...

World AIDS Day: global challenges require global leadership

1 December 2016

Across the pond, pundits are beginning to speculate what the President-Elect’s cabinet picks will mean for US support for international development, with some pessimistically suggesting that America First may literally translate as America Not Overseas.

In particular, concerns have been voiced about a potential break from the bipartisan consensus that has existed for many years on the need to address HIV. Let us not forget that it was Republican George W...

What needs to happen when aid ends?

21 November 2016

This week, the independent body set up to scrutinize DFID’s aid spending (the Independent Commission on Aid Impact –ICAI) released their review and findings on ‘ When aid relationships change: DFID approach to exit and transition in its development partnerships ’. We believe that no matter where people live, they should have access to health services, education, and economic opportunities which allow them to lift themselves from extreme poverty. Equity is a core principle of what we believe in and fight for every day, through our grassroots, parliamentary, and policy advocacy.

Education commission calls for 8-Fold Increase in GPE Funding

20 September 2016

Guest blog written by Tony Baker, Education for All Manager, RESULTS Educational Fund

Today, as part of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, a group of global leaders known as the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity released its much-anticipated report on ending the finance crisis in global education...

Nutrition for Growth 2016 – the event that wasn’t

5 August 2016

​ The Summer Olympic Games kick off today in Rio de Janeiro, bringing people and nations together through sport. On 4 th August, a day before the grand opening ceremony, another important event was also held in Rio in the side-lines of the Olympics, which was to have paved the way for progress and prosperity for all individuals and nations alike. Who could better understand the importance of good nutrition to promote health, stamina, and potential, than Olympic athletes?

In 2013,...

Beyond Aid: Can economic growth and prosperity overcome poverty by 2030?

28 June 2016

At this year's National Conference "International development in a changing world", leading thinkers, campaigners and practitioners came together to debate the most current topics in international development. RESULTS campaigner Charlie Ensor has put together his reflections on what the role of the private sector, governments and institutions are in providing economic opportunities for all and overcoming poverty.

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