Under the shadow of Brexit the UK’s role in the international aid system is being recast: more weight to national interests and global goals, less to helping the poorest; more emphasis on blending aid with private finance, and more debate over how to define official development assistance (ODA); continued allocation of 0.7% of UK national income to ODA, but with the Department for International Development (DFID) receiving a sharply falling share.
Public and professional perceptions of aid allocation and impact are further apart than ever, and the politics of Brexit is reshaping UK and EU aid relations.
Meanwhile climate change, migration, rising powers, resurgent populism, new conflicts and old continue to demand global responses. There is much to discuss.
Amy Dodd is the Engagement Lead of Financing for Development at Development Initiatives (DI). Prior to joining DI, Amy worked with civil society and in politics. Most recently, she ran the UK Aid Network for over five years, a coalition of NGOs working on joint policy, analysis and advocacy for better and more effective aid and development cooperation.
Richard Darlington is Head of Strategic Communications for Well Told Story. He is a senior strategic communications specialist with more than a decade of experience developed working in three UK government departments, including DFID and two leading UK think tanks.