UK aid: frequently asked questions

What is aid? What is the UN 0.7% aid target and why has the UK adopted it? Which government departments spend UK aid? What impact does UK aid have? What will be the impact of Brexit on UK aid? These and other questions are answered in an accessible way in this briefing paper.…

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North Korea: January 2020 update

US-North Korea tensions in 2017 over the latter’s nuclear weapons ambitions were replaced by dialogue and detente between 2018 and mid-2019. However, after two face-to-face summits between President Donald Trump and his Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un, the mood has darkened once again. This briefing reviews developments over the past 18 months and assesses future prospects.…

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Burundi: October 2019 update

Burundi has been in renewed crisis since 2015, when President Jean-Pierre Nkurunziza controversially stood for a third term in office and was re-elected. National elections are due again in 2020. President Nkurunziza has said that he will not stand again, but many are sceptical. There are widespread concerns that the conditions for reasonably free and fair elections next year will not be in place.…

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Spending of the Department for International Development

On Monday 1 July there will be an Estimates Day debate on the spending of the Department for International Development.
The subject for this debate was selected by the Backbench Business Committee as part of the new process for choosing subjects of Estimates Day debates, following the publication of the 2019-20 Main Estimates on 9 May 2019. The application to the Committee was made by Laurence Robertson MP.…

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The continued importance of International Humanitarian Law in protecting civilians in conflict

A Westminster Hall debate on ‘The continued importance of International Humanitarian Law in protecting civilians in conflict’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 18 June 2019, from 9:30-11:00am. The debate will be led by Ann Clwyd MP, Andrew Mitchell MP, Tom Brake MP and Stephen Twigg MP.…

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