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The 1980 Statement on Overseas Aid

20 February 1980 The Minister for Overseas Development (Mr Neil Marten): With permission, Mr Speaker, I should like to make a statement on overseas aid. Soon after assuming office, the Government instituted a review of its policies governing the...

What sort of conditions should there be on aid?

Politicians, the media, bloggers and other armchair experts on development almost all agree that aid for developing countries should be conditional on reforms by recipient countries, and that aid should be tied to conditions about how the aid is used....

2005 : Passing by on the other side

2005 was to be the year of development. There have been some significant advances - particularly on debt relief and funding for vaccines. But overall, 2005 has not lived up to the ambitions that campaigners and some politicians had for it as a year of...

Comparison of aid pledges for 2010 made in 2004 and 2005

Commitments in 2004 Commitments in 2005 Pledge 2010 2010 Pledge 2010 2010 ODA $m ODA/GNI ODA $m ODA/GNI Austria 0.33% by 2006 1083 0.33%...

Intellectual Property And Market Failure

the economic ideas, for non-economists a personal view: not endorsed by any organisation “He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening m...

Public goods defined

Public goods are goods or services that can be consumed by everybody in a society, or nobody at all. They have three characteristics. They are: non-rival one person consuming them does not stop another person consuming them. eg TV broadcasts, lighthouse...

Aid and private donations

The following information is for aid from members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in 2002-2003. The figures are calculated from the statistical annex of the DAC 2004 Development Cooperation Report. Aid and private grants in US$m...

Sickly sweet

Summary Sugars are simple, sweet-tasting carbohydrates. There are a number of different forms of sugar, each of which has a slightly different chemical structure. From the narrow point of view of where we get our energy, it does not matter much which...

Targets do more harm than good

Targets are the tools of command and control The public service reform agenda has taught us to focus more on outputs and outcomes, to be more people-centred, and to delegate. We talk about coaching, training, diversity, and empowerment. These are changes...

Globalisation and business

This comes to you from Mumbai, where I have had the privilege of attending the World Social Forum (WSF) over the last five days. The WSF began as an alternative to the World Economic Forum in Davos, which is a gathering of heads of state, senior business...

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