DI’s response to the UK Government’s 2019 Spending Round


Yesterday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid delivered the UK Government’s 2019 Spending Round, which sets out spending plans for government departments, including the Department for International Development (DFID), for the next year. Harpinder Collacott, Executive Director at Development Initiatives, said “We welcome the government’s pledge to continue to meet the target of spending 0.7% […]

Announced cuts to aid budgets amongst world’s top 20 donors


Following the first decline in official development assistance (ODA) for over 15 years, seen in 2011, our rapid survey of announced changes in commitments and aid budgets suggests that further cuts are on their way in 2012. The Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre estimates that total ODA (excluding debt relief) in 2012 will amount […]

Should the UK's overseas development budget be cut?


In a time of economic difficulty and domestic social tension, the overseas development budget is a very easy target. UK citizens can rightly question why their taxes should be used for development in other (and geographically distant) countries, while domestically more public spending is needed to improve social safety nets and welfare in this difficult […]