The merger between DFID and the FCO and the implications for expenditure of Official Development Assistance (ODA) across government

On Thursday 9 July there will be an Estimates Day debate in the House of Commons Chamber on “The merger between DFID and the FCO and the implications for expenditure of Official Development Assistance (ODA) across government.” The debate will be led by Sarah Champion and Tom Tugendhat, the respective chairs of the International Development Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.…

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Coronavirus: international dimensions

The Library has published a series of briefings on international dimensions of the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020, ranging from general surveys of its impact on developing countries to assessments of its effects in specific situations. Links to these briefings can be found here.…

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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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