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Five things to ask your MSP candidates to test their commitment to global justice

By: Liz Murray
Date: 25 March 2021
Campaigns: Aid, Climate, Pharma, Trade

With the Scottish parliament elections on May 6, now’s the time to be asking questions of the parliamentary candidates in your area. Some of the biggest challenges of the day […]

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The UK is fuelling climate change and conflict in Mozambique

By: Ilham Rawoot and Anabela Lemos
Date: 27 February 2021
Campaigns: Aid, Climate

Despite pledges to stop financing fossil fuels overseas, the UK is putting $1 billion towards a major gas project in Mozambique. It is more than a decade since 75 trillion […]

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A victory for aid scrutiny

By: Daniel Willis
Date: 17 December 2020
Campaigns: Aid

Plans by the Leader of the House of Commons to abolish the International Development Committee after Christmas have been shelved. But there is still a long way to go to protect the 0.7%.

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#StopAidForProfit – ten shocking corporate projects supported by UK aid

By: Daniel Willis
Date: 20 July 2020
Campaigns: Aid

Boris Johnson’s announcement that DfID will abolished later this year has left many in the development sector with more questions than answers. But if previous experiences of “tied aid” and spending by CDC Group are anything to go by, the future of aid will see more money being shovelled into corporate pockets.

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Doing more harm than good? Our latest report on the UK’s development bank, CDC

By: Daniel Willis
Date: 15 February 2020
Campaigns: Aid

Amid the recent back and forth over whether the Department for International Development will be merged into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, very little attention has been paid to the […]

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Resisting Empire 2.0: why we’re protesting the UK-Africa Investment Summit

By: Daniel Willis
Date: 16 January 2020
Campaigns: Aid

For many, the idea of encouraging more foreign investment in African countries make sense. This is certainly the government’s hope as they approach the first UK-Africa Investment Summit, to be […]

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Reimagining aid: why DfID must prioritise UN development goals over British financial interests

By: Daniel Willis
Date: 17 September 2019
Campaigns: Aid

The recent announcement by incoming Secretary of State for International Development Alok Sharma, that he will protect the UK aid budget, might be consolation to some. However, the real threat to aid is not necessarily in a cut to funding, but in the government’s continuing efforts to redefine international development. 

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The great aid betrayal

By: Ed Lewis
Date: 17 May 2019
Campaigns: Aid

Last summer, Theresa May made headlines on a trip to Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, where she declared in the most bullish terms yet the government’s objectives for international aid. […]

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Millions of pounds of UK aid has been spent on profit-making private schools. Why?

By: Ed Lewis
Date: 19 April 2019
Campaigns: Aid

What do you think we should be spending the UK’s international aid budget on? Vaccines? Dealing with climate change? Helping countries close tax loopholes? I’m guessing you didn’t say profit-making […]

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Standing against the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

By: Tamara Hopewell
Date: 5 June 2018
Campaigns: Aid

On 4 June we handed in a petition from 4,672 UK citizens standing up and calling on Theresa May to close the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF).

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