The ODI blog uses the debate about BAE in Tanzania as a hook for the broader issue known in Whitehall as "Policy Coherence for Development" – that is, the extent to which our policies on issues other than aid – such as trade, arms exports, financial stability, corruption, climate change, migration, intellectual property – either support, or perhaps undermine, the prospects for developing countries.
In my view, getting these issues right is at least as important as aid for providing the circumstance in which poor countries can lift themselves out of poverty.
DFID will be publishing its first annual report to Parliament on policy coherence, following
Tom Watson's Tom Clarke's Private Members Bill (International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill). This should help to build awareness across Government of the importance of these issues for promoting international development, which is in all our interests in the long run.
[Thanks to Richard for spotting that I had the wrong Tom]