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6. UK Aid Debates
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about recent developments and debates in UK aid policy. We focus in particular on: (i) the creation of the Department for International Development (DFID) in 1997 and efforts to separate aid administration from political influence; (ii) attempts since 2015 to bring aid back under the control of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), culminating in DFID’s formal merger back into the FCO in 2020; (iii) the global rise of “aid nationalism” and what can be done to challenge its impacts on aid policy.
In this course, Dr Nilima Gulrajani (Overseas Development Institute) explores global aid and its relationship to development. In the first module, we consider the emergence of the modern global aid system from mid-twentieth century. In the second, we think about states’ motivations for giving aid and the proliferation of aid providers from the global south. In the third module, we look at how aid is defined, focusing especially on the Development Assistance Committee’s definition of Overseas Development Assistance. In the fourth and fifth modules, we focus on aid effectiveness and the debate between aid radicals, who argue that aid should be discontinued, and aid reformers who seek to improve the aid system. In the final module, we consider UK aid policy and the global rise of aid nationalism.
Dr Nilima Gulrajani is a Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute. She has written very widely on international development assistance, and her expertise includes the management and governance of aid assistance, aid effectiveness, and principled aid.
Cite this Lecture
Gulrajani, N. (2021, August 23). Aid and Development - UK Aid Debates [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/aid-and-development/uk-aid-debates
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