International development

Fox letter: storm in a fair trade, biodegradable cup

17 May 2011 13:54

David Cameron probably let out a sigh when he was informed that yet another letter from Liam Fox had been…

Shocker! Liam Fox is Right!

17 May 2011 11:14

This, Watson, is the salient fact to be gleaned from the stramash over International Development funding. There is nothing especially…

Leak shows that Fox objects to plans to spend more on overseas development

16 May 2011 22:59

A second letter from the Defence Secretary to the Prime Minister has leaked out. Tomorrow’s Times reports on a note…

Libya diary: Tobruk

30 March 2011 10:39

Twelve different checks later and I’m in Free Libya, hurling down the road to Tobruk at 100 mph, with Arabic…

Cairo Diary: Libyan transit

29 March 2011 14:57

The road from Cairo to Salloum, Egypt’s Wild West town on the border with Libya, stretches out into the desert…

War aims

22 March 2011 9:06

A few days into the no-fly zone and the initial aim of the intervention has been achieved: Colonel Ghaddafi no…

What the Libya crisis means long-term

11 March 2011 17:01

The multiple crises in North Africa, from the revolution in Tunisia, through the protests in Egypt and to the conflict…

Labour shuns aid choices

3 March 2011 13:52

Government is about choices. In opposition you can like anything, support any measure, back any proposal. But when in office…

Brits want to give money abroad – but not necessarily via the government

1 March 2011 13:58

“A well-targeted aid budget is essential if Britain is to punch above its weight on the world stage.” That’s how…

British foreign policy needs to promote democracy

1 March 2011 12:08

After a week of hesitation and well-publicised problems evacuating British citizens from Libya, the government has led the international community’s…

Hopeless Harriet

17 February 2011 12:16

Last night, Harriet Harman launched a pre-emptive attack on the coalition’s failure to give 0.7 percent of GNI to overseas…

Coffee House interview: Mark Sedwill

15 February 2011 11:24

Diplomats are often seen as stuffy characters from a different century, men who often appear lost in today’s chaotic world.…

Aid to India to be replaced with pro-growth help

14 February 2011 15:12

How to manage Britain’s aid to India? The fast-rising country has a space programme, costing nearly the same as Britain…

The World’s Egyptian dilemma

12 February 2011 18:10

In a few weeks, the World Bank will issue its Development Report, a document of canonical importance to the DfiDs…

The Pope reopens the international aid debate

3 February 2011 14:47

Spare a dime for a travelling Ponfiff? The Department for International Development can – and then some. According to their…

Come on Europe; support the freedom you claim to love

1 February 2011 14:54

The Middle East is being rocked to its authoritarian core, as pro-democracy protesters defy Hosni Mubarak’s regime for the eighth…

Labour leaves behind contractual IEDs for the coalition to clear

16 January 2011 16:37

Before they left office, Labour laid a number of contractual IEDs, primed to blow up sooner or later. Last year,…

In Cote D’Ivoire, New Year may bring a new Africa

30 December 2010 14:01

The situation in Cote D’Ivoire is heating up. It has the potential either to herald a new future for West…

DfID’s role put to the test

21 December 2010 11:48

At a speech to the Royal Defence Academy earlier in the year, Andrew Mitchell outlined the costs of overseas conflict…

Uncharitable action

2 December 2010 14:07

After CoffeeHouse raised a virtual eyebrow and a few questions about the behaviour of War on Want and the Jubilee…