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UK Development Aid and PD

May 18, 2010

when the Labour government came to power in 1997 it removed international development from the FCO and created a separate Department for International Development. DFID has generally sought to distance itself from UK foreign policy to the extent that it was only in 2009 that it adopted the UKaid branding for its overseas work after complaints from the Parliamentary oversight committee that the UK wasn’t getting credit for its activities.

One of more controversial activities of DFID has been a programme of work on development education in the UK. Although the new coalition government is pledged to maintain aid expenditure one of its first cuts has been to this area of activity. Here are constrasting reactions from the right and left sides of the UK blogosphere. This does raise a more general question about the extent to which governments need to work with domestic publics to support international linkages.

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