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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

By |News comment and analysis|

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 [...]

10 July
2016

Has Brexit killed Scottish independence? – Dr Marcus Cox

By |News comment and analysis|

Brexit is every bit as disastrous for Scotland as it is for England. If you play through the options ahead for Scotland, none of them end well. On the one hand, Brexit gives far greater legitimacy to the independence movement. If the goal is independence at all cost, then that is now a far more [...]

5 July
2016

Brexit’s legacy: A Written Constitution for the UK – Nigel Thornton

By |News comment and analysis|

‘[The British Constitution] presumes more boldly than any other the good sense and good faith of those who work it’.   W.E. Gladstone Gladstone knew that to make our constitution work, we need sensible heads working with the best intentions.  The attributes are essential, he understood, because our constitution is a work of evolving practice and precedent, not of [...]

29 June
2016

IDC hearing of ICAI review “Assessing DFID’s Results in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene”

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 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The session looked at ICAI's findings that althought DFID reached its target and provided 62.9 million people with access to WASH over the 2011 [...]

28 June
2016

British Constitutional Miasma – Dr Marcus Cox

By |News comment and analysis|

The Brexit mess reveals something that I have long suspected: that the UK government has no appreciation of constitutional principle. British public lawyers have always been rather proud of the fact that, instead of a written constitution, they have a set of conventions stretching back into hallowed antiquity. Written constitutions are for new-fangled states, like [...]

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