Department for International Development

Panama Papers: time for a foreign policy framework

Sally Keeble  |  5 April 2016

Two events call for Labour to revisit our ethical foreign policy and fit it for the 21st century. Yesterday’s release of the ‘Panama Papers’ highlights the leading role that some British Overseas Territories play in the tax haven industry. Today’s decision by the International Criminal Court on the future prosecution of William Ruto, vice-president of …

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A world where ambition is limited only by imagination

Anas Sarwar MP  |  19 March 2015

The Department for International Development is the second largest donor to developing countries in the entire world. Under Labour, Britain led and inspired the world’s approach to international development through innovation, advocacy and international partnerships. We were global leaders in supporting the poorest and most vulnerable around the world. Over the last five years, the …

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Preventing, containing and tackling conflict

Stephen Doughty  |  3 March 2015

The events of the last five years have exposed the future character and consequences of conflict for the global order and Britain’s national security. While Britain’s international development policy under Labour always had conflict prevention, civilian protection, and humanitarian response at its heart, the experience of conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq has forced a …

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From the ballot box to Bangladesh: making development political

James Denselow  |  15 February 2015

Speaking at a ONE event in January, Ed Miliband reminded his audience (of less sceptical youngsters) that ‘change is possible’, and how, 15 years after the millennium development goals were set out, ‘58m more children go to primary school’. Miliband recognised that while international development is not ‘fashionable’, it remains crucially important, as it is about …

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Justice, not charity

Alison McGovern MP  |  3 November 2014

Labour must aim to abolish international aid —Global policy – whether it is about conflict, trade or economics – occasionally appears to be a discussion at a distance from ordinary British people. In part this is because of the scale of the challenges we face, but also because too often it can seem to be …

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The power of development

Jim Murphy MP  |  8 April 2014

The Department for International Development holds a special place in the heart of the Labour party. After all, we set it up, we made it a world leader, and we brought about real change – not least through the 2005 Gleneagles Agreement to drop the debt and take steps to make poverty history. We are …

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Foreign policy dilemmas for progressives

When the Labour party last took office in 1997, our foreign policy was heavily shaped in reaction to the moral and strategic failings of our Tory predecessors. In place of a cynical determination that ‘there is no such thing as the international community’, which left hundreds of thousands to be massacred in Bosnia and Rwanda, …

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Whatever happened to foreign policy?

Stephen Bush  |  22 January 2013

Quite a lot of foreign policy happened this week; but for the sound of silence from the British left you might have been forgiven for thinking that the world outside the British Isles had ceased to exist. The natural posture of opposition parties is parochial: but the natural position of a party with at least …

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Cameroonism Mark II

Stephen Bush  |  5 September 2012

If you want to know why David Cameron is going to lose the next election, don’t look at the Department of Health, don’t look at the Treasury, and don’t look at the Department for Work and Pensions. Look instead at the Department for International Development. Since Cameron became Tory leader, DFID the fulcrum of Tory …

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Conviction, not triangulation

Stephen Bush  |  17 July 2012

Ask a silly question, get a stupid answer. While Five Million Votes – the cross-factional group that is aiming to win back the five million Labour voters who deserted, died or stayed in and watched EastEnders during the 13 years of Blair and Brown – isn’t asking a silly question, it is asking the wrong …

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