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5 January
2017

Mrs Thatcher was right – Nigel Thornton

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"The sheer professionalism of the British Civil Service, which allows governments to come and go with a minimum of dislocation and a maximum of efficiency, is something other countries with different systems have every cause to envy." Margaret Thatcher, 1993, "The Downing Street Years", Whatever your view of the honours system, there is a certain [...]

16 December
2016

IDC hearing of ICAI review ‘DFID’s approach to managing exit and transition in its development partnerships’

By |News from Agulhas|

The International Development Committee (IDC) heard from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and the Department for International Development (DFID) on the UK aid's results in exit and transition in its development partnerships. The session looked at how well the Department for International Development managed the process of ending bilateral aid, or transitioning to new forms [...]

16 December
2016

Accessing, staying and succeeding in basic education – UK aid’s support to marginalised girls

By |News from Agulhas|

Today ICAI published a performance review of DFID's commitment to girls and improving their life chances across its education portfolio. The review identified significant investment in programmes such as the flagship Girls’ Education Challenge fund. However it also found that too many programmes performed poorly against their original objectives, losing the necessary focus on girls, particularly marginalised girls, [...]

15 December
2016

Sustainable Business: A One Planet Approach

By |News from Agulhas|

Sustainable Business: A One Planet Approach Agulhas' Director Catherine Cameron has contributed Chapter 4 'Valuing' to `Sustainable Business: A One Planet Approach’ book. What is a one planet approach to sustainable business? Why is it important? What are businesses doing to achieve sustainability? What do business leaders need to learn? Sustainable Business: A One Planet Approach is a [...]

23 November
2016

IDC hearing of ICAI review “UK aid’s contribution to tackling tax avoidance and evasion”

By |News from Agulhas|

The International Development Committee today heard from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and the Department for International Development (DfID) on the UK aid's contribution to tackling tax avoidance and evasion. The session looked at DFID's work with other government departments and in particular with Treasury and HMRC to influence the setting of new [...]

16 November
2016

When aid relationships change: DFID’s approach to managing exit and transition in its development partnerships

By |News from Agulhas|

ICAI published today the review on how DfID managed exit and transition from traditional aid to new kinds of development partnerships. The review looked at seven countries and found that very often DfID did not had clear objectives for the transition, and did not communicate well its strategy. Overall ICAI graded DfID’s performance on exiting and [...]

11 November
2016

Its not nothing to worry about – Nigel Thornton

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In May Donald Trump promised to cancel US funding to UN programmes that fight climate change. He also said he wanted the US to opt out of the Paris Agreement. The President Elect reportedly tweeted in November 2012 “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing [...]

3 November
2016

Our seat at the Top Table trumps all – Nigel Thornton

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In a recent visit to New York I was struck by how much the UK’s diplomatic effort post the Brexit referendum focuses on keeping our seat at the world’s top table, the UN Security Council. Since June I’ve been told several times the UK’s position on the UNSC is now at grave risk. So what’s [...]

18 October
2016

Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s Annual Report 2015-16 examined

By |News from Agulhas|

The International Development Committee today hears from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and the Department for International Development (DFID) on ICAI's Annual Report 2015-16. The session will look at how well has ICAI transitioned to Phase II and how it has changed its reviews to ensure UK aid is spent effectively. The session will [...]

17 July
2016

Will DFID be humbler after Brexit? – Nigel Thornton

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Whenever over the last decade and a half I’ve asked staff in multilateral or other countries’ aid agencies  what they think of working with the UK, the answer has generally been consistent. They value our intellect and knowledge. But we come over as arrogant. It’s a view repeated in Washington, New York, and Brussels.  Staff [...]

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