International development

Storm in an Indian teacup

5 February 2012 14:19

So, does India want the UK’s aid or not? If you believe the Indian finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee, the funds…

Moving on up

31 January 2012 15:35

If Muhammad won’t come to the mountain, the mountain must come to Muhammad. Or so goes a saying popularised by…

Debate report: Britain must cut its overseas aid budget now

3 November 2011 15:48

Last night, as we mentioned yesterday and the day before, was The Spectator’s debate on whether Britain should cut its…

Right to reply: Aid is one of the government’s greatest endeavours

2 November 2011 17:00

Peter Kellner recently explained that the BBC licence fee becomes less popular if you describe it as an annual cost…

Right to reply: The aid debate we need to have

2 November 2011 11:06

As Fraser pointed out yesterday, the Spectator’s debate on international aid is tonight (all CoffeeHousers welcome, tickets available here). To…

International aid in the dock

1 November 2011 11:23

The pledge to almost double Britain’s international aid budget was made in the boom years, when the government actually had…

Should most orphanages be shut down?

13 October 2011 15:00

The Spectator’s deputy editor, Mary Wakefield, recently visited Rwanda to investigate the work a charity called Hope and Homes for…

Duncan of Benghazi

1 September 2011 10:56

Junior ministers rarely get to influence high-level policy or be seen publicly to have done so. So Development Minister Alan…

Mitchell rejects allegation that UK aid is going to Islamists

17 July 2011 10:27

Yesterday, Andrew Mitchell was the toast of the broadcasters. They have turned on him to an extent today. The news…

The man of the moment

16 July 2011 14:41

Andrew Mitchell has announced that DfID will provide £52.25 million in emergency aid to ease suffering in East Africa, which…

Coffee House Interview: Andrew Mitchell

3 July 2011 18:16

The government has stuck to its guns on overseas aid, promising to donate 0.7 per cent of our national income…

Looking behind the negative aid polls

27 June 2011 14:39

There are, as the old adage goes, “lies, damned lies and statistics”. I’m beginning to think the same about polls.…

Tax versus philanthropy 

25 June 2011 9:45

I was on the panel of Any Questions last night in Saltaire, the most beautiful town I’ve seen outside of…

Solving the government’s aid conundrum

24 June 2011 14:06

Earlier this week, Jonathan Jones reported on the problems facing the government on international development spending.  Their plan to increase…

World Service reprieve the latest step in FCO’s rehabilitation

22 June 2011 19:16

The BBC World Service has been reprieved. An additional £2.2m will be spent to preserve the Arabic service, in line…

Public opinion on international aid isn’t where Cameron thinks it is

22 June 2011 11:10

Andrew Mitchell was recently informed that the public is split 50:50 for and against increasing the international aid budget to…

Cameron’s easy ride

8 June 2011 13:15

Having u-turned on two more policies in the last two days, one would have expected David Cameron to have a…

Preparing for a post-Gaddafi Libya

7 June 2011 9:00

The Libya intervention has been in operation for a few months and the rebels have been making gains, most recently…

Yemen implodes

26 May 2011 12:21

Sometimes you wait and wait for an event, and nothing ever happens. Pakistan is always said to be teetering on…

Slums Are A Feature of Success

17 May 2011 14:29

Meanwhile and continuing our population theme it may be worth spending a moment on population density in the developing world…