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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

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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David Cameron to open GAVI pledging conference in June

Last week Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, confirmed that the Prime Minister will open the GAVI conference which the UK will host in London in June. The pledging conference is titled ‘Saving children’s lives’ and will seek to mobilise GAVI partners and donors to raise US$ 3.7 billion to scale up immunisation programmes between 2011 and 2015.

Fully funding the GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) Alliance would save the lives of 4 million children by 2015. In addition, fully financing GAVI would drive us significantly closer to achieving Millennium Development Goal 4, which is to reduce under-five mortality by two thirds between 1990 and 2015. It would also bring the world closer to achieving the G8 leaders’ 2010 Muskoka Initiative to improve maternal, new born and child health. Continue reading

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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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 announces it is advancing support for the Global Fund

Yesterday the Department for International Development (DFID) announced that it will provide measures of support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The announcement shows that DFID are advancing a payment of £100 million from a previous UK pledge to the Global Fund committing £640million between 2011 and 2015. Although it does not signal new funding as it is an early disbursement of funds already promised, it is positive that DfID have recognised the urgent need for financing at the Global Fund and agreed to release the funds early.

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World Bank Announces $49.3 Billion Funding Package for 2011-2013

This week international negotiations concluded and agreed to the continued work and funding of the International Development Association (IDA, the part of the World Bank that provides assistance to the poorest countries) for the next three years. A key outcome of these negotiations has been the renewed UK Governments’ commitment to fight poverty by investing in the World Bank. Continue reading