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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

APPG on Global Education for All hears from head of key education funding body

Carol BellamyYesterday the APPG on Global Education for All, a group of parliamentarians working to promote education for all around the world which RESULTS supports by providing a Secretariat, were visited by Carol Bellamy. Carol is Chair of the Board of the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (FTI).

The FTI is a global education partnership between donor and developing countries, which provides roughly $300 million annually in grant funding for national education strategies in low income countries. It is one of the leading international forums helping to achieve education for all, and is based on a ‘compact’ of mutual accountability. Under these agreements developing nations are responsible for taking ownership of crafting national education plans, with budget accountability and a greater commitment of political and financial resources, while donor countries commit to providing the additional technical know-how and funding required. This is designed to ensure that no country that has met its obligations would fail for lack of resources or technical capacity. Continue reading

Recording of February Conference Call now online

ONE’s Eloise Todd (right) hands over our Copenhagen petition to Danish Development Minister Ulla Tørnæs.

ONE’s Eloise Todd (right) hands over their Copenhagen petition to Danish Development Minister Ulla Tørnæs.

On Tuesday, we held our monthly Conference Call which was titled: “Vaccination: a public health ‘best buy’”. Our guest on the call was Eloise Todd, the Brussels director for the ONE Campaign. At ONE, Eloise works closely with the European Union and the member states to lobby for increased aid contributions and to ensure aid commitments are honoured across all of ONE’s many campaigning areas.  Eloise Todd spoke to us about the fundamental need to increase funding for GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunisation).  The GAVI alliance is a global health partnership between public and private sectors, committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in developing countries.  A recording of the call is now available to download here. If you weren’t able to join us on the call do listen to the recording and take the action. Continue reading

2010: The year in review

2010 has been a year that has seen many successes in the areas on which RESULTS campaigns. As the year draws to a close, and we look ahead to the challenges we face in 2011, we’d like to have a look back at those successes and to say thank you to our fantastic grassroots network and all the other individuals and organisations that have lent us their skills and expertise over the past 12 months. Continue reading

Recording of December conference call now online

On Tuesday, we held our monthly Conference Call which was titled: ‘World Aids Day 2010 – Telling the positive stories about aid to international development’.  Our guest on the call was Alexander Woollcombe, who is the UK Government Relations Manager at the One Campaign where a part of his job is to ensure that promises made about aid are honoured by the UK. One of the campaigns he is presently working on focuses on ending mother to child HIV transmission by 2015. A recording of the call is now available to download here. If you weren’t able to join us on the call do listen to the recording and take the action. Continue reading

Debunking the myths about aid

While the UK has a strong tradition of philanthropy and a history of public support for international aid, aid remains a controversial topic among some sections of the public and media. This controversy has recently been intensified in the context of economic austerity and public sector funding cuts. As a consequence we have recently experienced a ‘backlash’ against aid, and at RESULTS have been concerned to see a number of incorrect assertions about aid, what we call ‘aid myths’, emerging in the debate.

We’ve therefore put together a set of arguments, which are outlined below, for why international aid is important along with responses to some of the most frequent challenges laid at the door of aid. We would love to hear your feedback on how useful these arguments are to grassroots activists as you seek to increase public and political knowledge about and support for effective development aid. Please do comment, or get in touch with us in the office. Continue reading

December action materials now available online

The December Action Pack is now available on the RESULTS UK website. Our conference call this month will focus on responding positively to the recent backlash against spending on aid in the media by sharing some of the many stories of those who have benefited from international aid. We will be talking particularly about the fight against HIV, in the wake of World Aids Day, which was celebrated yesterday. The call will be held on Tuesday 7th December 2010 at 8:00pm. To join in, contact your local group leader or the RESULTS office. Continue reading