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Today we present a slightly unusual edition of the CGD Podcast. We are bringing you highlights of an excellent discussion held at CGD's offices in London which involved, among others, CGD’s Owen Barder. It was a special edition of the Radio 4 program The World Tonight, organized and broadcast by my former colleagues at BBC Radio.
The discussion focused on the UK's aid budget. The panel considered whether it was right for the UK legislated to spend 0.7% of gross national income on development. They also discussed attempts to make aid more transparent, ways to tackle corruption, and how to think of international development in a political landscape where major countries seem to be turning inward.
Given that US foreign aid has always been linked to national security, how much of a departure is President Trump’s approach from that of previous administrations? And what should we expect to happen to the 128 countries that voted to express “deep regret” over recent decisions on the status of Jerusalem?