Category Archives: Department for International Development

UK government reviews aid programmes – what do we think?

Andrew Mitchell MPOn Tuesday Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development announced the results of his Department’s multilateral and bilateral aid reviews. An overview of the results is available here. The reviews were established shortly after the Coalition Government was formed to look at all areas of the Department’s work and make recommendations for changes to make it more effective. The results are the most comprehensive overview we have yet seen of the Government’s approach to international development and therefore the announcement is an important milestone.

Overall RESULTS strongly welcomes the reviews. It is crucial that UK support for developing countries is focused on truly achieving results for poor people and supporting their own efforts to escape poverty. The top-line results that the Department has committed to delivering through both multilateral and bilateral channels over the next four years to 2015 are:

  • Secure schooling for 11 million children
  • Help vaccinate more children against preventable diseases than there are people in the whole of England
  • Provide access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation to more people than there are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Save the lives of 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Stop 250,000 newborn babies dying needlessly
  • Support 13 countries to hold freer and fairer elections
  • Help 10 million more women get access to modern family planning
  • Provide 50 million people with the means to help work their way out of poverty [by providing them with access to financial services]
  • Stop 10 million more children going hungry
  • Help halve malaria deaths in 10 of the worst affected countries
  • Help millions of poor people protect their livelihoods from the impact of climate change.

Below we discuss the two reviews in more detail, and while we are broadly supportive of their contents we raise a few questions on specific decisions, as well as pointing out the need for further information on funding decisions and the specifics of country-level programmes. Continue reading

Results posted on new website

As we have mentioned on this blog recently, our new website is now live. You can find it at www.results.org.uk. We’re really pleased with it and we hope that it will create an interactive environment to connect with each other and with us in the office. One of the most exciting functions of the new site is the ability all members have to share the results of their actions with one another.

To post a result, visit the ‘latest action’ section on the homepage and select ‘submit your results’. You can then add a title and a description. You can then attach files to the action, such as a scanned copy of a letter you receive or an article you get published.

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UK Education Aid Is Making Significant Impact in India

Professor Geeta Kingdon from the Department of Education Economics and International Development at the Institue Of Education (IOE), University of London has suggested that UK education aid has contributed to India’s opportunities for underprivileged school children.  Recently, there has been controversy in the press regarding the UK Government’s commitment of £1 billion to support educational provision in India over a five year period.

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A New Vaccine – Saving Children’s Lives

We are thrilled to be able to report that the first children in the world have begun to receive their vaccinations against the world’s biggest child killer — pneumonia. These children are in Kenya, and they are the first wave of vaccinations that are currently heading out to 40 developing countries.

This is tremendous news, and the difference this will make in the world really can’t be overstated. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) has prepared an introductory video.

Pneumococcal disease currently takes the lives of over a million of people every year – including more than half a million children before their fifth birthday. Pneumonia is the most common form of serious pneumococcal disease and accounts for 18% of child deaths in developing countries, making it one of the two leading causes of death among young children.

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More parliamentary answers on education in Nigeria

Alison McGovern MP asks a question

Alison McGovern MP asks a question at APPG event

Two weeks ago we reported that several MPs tabled parliamentary questions on the UK government’s support for education in Nigeria in response to a breakfast meeting hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All. Over the last two weeks responses have been coming through, and they paint an interesting and encouraging picture. Continue reading

Have your say on UK aid spending

Last year we reported on DFID’s announcement to create a new independent body to evaluate aid effectiveness. Last week it was announced that the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) launched a public consultation calling on stakeholders and the public to give input on which areas of UK aid they would like to have reviewed. Continue reading

DFID launches strategies on malaria and maternal health

On the final day of 2010 the UK Department for International Development launched its strategies for enhancing maternal health and controlling malaria.  Together, these seek to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and children in the poorest countries of the world.

The maternal and newborn health strategy, Choices for women outlines two strategic priorities for maternal health – preventing unintended pregnancies and ensuring that pregnancy and childbirth are safe.   Choices for women aims to save the lives of at least 50,000 women during pregnancy and childbirth and 250,000 new born babies by 2015.  Measures in the paper will also mean that at least 10 million more women are able to use modern methods of family planning, 5 million unintended pregnancies are prevented and at least 2 million safe deliveries.  This drive builds on the G8’s commitment following their 2010 meeting in Muskoka Canada, where leaders promised to accelerate efforts to address maternal and child health. Continue reading