International development

Poverty NGO or Labour stooge?

1 December 2010 10:36

While I worked at DfiD, officials were very keen to disabuse me of my suspicion that some NGOs are in…

Britain should have a Freedom Minister

24 November 2010 16:55

Has liberal democracy lifted people out of poverty? To a casual observer, the answer is unequivocally yes. One part of…

What sort of country do we want to be? A soft one

11 November 2010 10:52

Admiral Lord West’s intervention was most striking in its language. He promised that a ‘national humiliation on the scale of…

Gordon Brown speaks out about not speaking out

9 November 2010 11:46

Courtesy of Andrew Sparrow’s ever-superb live blog of the political day, from Brown’s appearance before the Commons development committee: “Let’s…

International aid should be abolished

21 October 2010 20:17

The Comprehensive Spending Review was a step in the right direction, but I agree with Philip Booth and others when…

To the victor the spoils

21 October 2010 12:03

The government must be doing something right with its aid policy: several NGOs absolutely hate it. Talking to the Guardian,…

A tale of two statesmen and a wary industry

21 September 2010 11:01

The only readable part of Tony Blair’s Lawrentian romp of a memoir, is the epilogue. He explains why the state…

Andrew Mitchell: the answer to global terrorism

17 September 2010 11:32

Al Shabaab and al Qeada are brothers in arms – Somalia is a hothouse for terror. Jonathan Evans, director general…

Andrew Mitchell recasts DfiD’s role

16 September 2010 11:37

Andrew Mitchell’s speech today at the Royal College of Defence Studies confirms me in my view that Mitchell is one…

Brown’s plan for the future

2 September 2010 17:08

Mr Blair’s former breathless lover will form the fully staffed Gordon and Sarah Brown Foundation, paid for by lucrative speaking…

The man who would be shadow international development secretary

26 August 2010 12:05

Guido says that Gordon Brown wants to become shadow international development secretary. This rumour is uncorroborated, as far as I…

A General meeting

29 July 2010 14:04

The machinery of British foreign policy has been transformed to accommodate a larger role for DfID; that is one reason…

Cameron’s foreign policy is music to the ears of a resurgent FCO

26 July 2010 18:57

Tim Montgomerie observes that the FCO now stands for Foreign and Commerce Office. David Cameron is determined to conduct British…

International development’s statist underpinning

18 July 2010 14:06

Why increase aid to Afghanistan by 40pc when troops are dying from a lack of body armour and helicopters? The…

The chaos of military deadlines

18 July 2010 12:30

The leaked communiqué, obtained by the Independent on Sunday, stating that British troops will not be fighting in Afghanistan by…

Mitchell’s right move

18 July 2010 10:39

Andrew Mitchell’s decision to prioritise Afghanistan in the development budget is sensible. It demonstrates that Mitchell, a former soldier, understands…

The malleability of ringfences

6 July 2010 9:10

Rachel Sylvester is on top form in the Times today, and I’d urge CoffeeHousers todelve behind the paywall (or borrow…

Britain’s foreign aid should empower women

26 June 2010 14:17

Here is a question. Which politician said the following: “We’ve seen too that when women are empowered economically they are…

RAB

11 June 2010 13:41

ABC was the acronym used for meetings of Madeleine Albright, Sandy Berger and William Cohen when they all worked for…

Who could Britain place in the UN’s humanitarian department?

9 June 2010 15:06

After Sir John Holmes retires as the head of the UN’s humanitarian activities later in the year, the Cameron government…