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Drop Debt, Save Lives Supporter Toolkit

August 2020

Covid-19 and the debt crisis in developing countries

As the world continues to battle coronavirus, the pandemic is wreaking havoc on the economies of lower-income countries and could push 500 million more people into poverty. Governments desperately need money to

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The future of aid after DfID: Shocking development projects supported by the UK

July 2020

With the government having recently announced plans to abolish the Department for International Development (DfID) and give control of UK aid policy to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), many are wondering how the change is likely to affect the type of projects that receive development funds in the future.

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Decarbonising aid: why the UK must end its overseas fossil fuel financing before COP26

June 2020

Under the terms of the Paris Agreement, signed April 2016, the UK government committed to making global financial flows "consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development". Despite this, the UK continues to provide high amounts of finance for fossil fuel infrastructure overseas using the international development budget and UK Export Finance (UKEF) credits to UK businesses and exporters. 

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Exiting the permanent crisis in the global south

April 2020

The case for a global financial reset in the wake of Covid-19 

Even in the wealthiest countries on earth, years of austerity combined with ‘market knows best’ ideology has hollowed out our ability to deal with coronavirus. But for many countries in the global south, the weakness of the public sector was not a democratic choice but was imposed by rich countries and international institutions like the IMF...

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Doing more harm than good: Why CDC must reform for people and planet

February 2020

This report details the failures of the government’s development bank, CDC, to invest in a just and responsible way. Despite a series of reforms and promises to change, CDC continues to invest heavily in unaccountable private equity funds around the world, giving money to projects with dubious development impact to make a high rate of return.

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Briefing: Making CDC work for people and planet

November 2019

This briefing highlights some of the major problems with the CDC and the projects it funds. We believe that these problems are not aberrations but are a product of the type of organisation CDC is. CDC needs a new, legally-binding mandate which commits it to reducing poverty, closing global inequalities, doing no harm to the climate and facilitating a just, green transition to renewable energy as its driving objectives, for which its board can be held legally accountable. We propose that CDC should be transformed into an international Green Investment Bank, with the ability to lend to local and national governments in developing countries, and with other donors who share this reformed vision being invited to contribute to its finance and governance.

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Pupils Before Profit postcard

May 2019

Our Pupils Before Profit campaign with the National Education Union is calling for the UK to stop funding the privatisation of education around the world.

Each year, the UK’s Department for International Development is spending millions promoting the privatisation of education in developing countries.

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In Whose Interest? The UK’s role in privatising education around the world

April 2019

This report, published by Global Justice Now and the National Education Union, examines the problems with privatisation of school education around the world and the role of the Department for International Development in pushing it through its aid programme.

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The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Diverting aid and undermining human rights

December 2017

The UK government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) raises all kinds of questions about the future of UK aid, the nature of the UK’s relations with states abusing human rights and the government’s openness with the public.

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Update to Global Justice Now report, The privatisation of UK aid: How Adam Smith International is profiting from the aid budget

November 2017

Latest accounts from Adam Smith International show the company’s profit margins continue to grow despite it having been centre of a scandal in which it was accused of exploiting documents leaked from DFID and attempting to falsify evidence to a parliamentary enquiry.

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Re-imagining UK aid - What a progressive strategy could look like

July 2017

For over a decade a consensus has existed at Westminster on overseas aid, with the mainstream political parties all backing the 0.7% spending target. Achieving this consensus was a considerable achievement. But the focus on how big the aid budget is has prevented a robust debate over how this money should be spent, what it should be spent on, and why.

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