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The Case for Globalization and Robust Global Value Chains
February 08, 2024
A New Vintage of Populism in Latin America
February 23, 2024
How the UK Can Make the Best Use of the Multilateral Development Finance System
December 06, 2023
This note argues that the United Kingdom (UK), working within old and new coalitions, should take a more strategic approach to the aims and funding of a leading cluster of major multilateral funding institutions. It sets out the UK’s role within multilaterals, the key reform issues and how to treat ...
Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management? The Case of the United Kingdom
November 14, 2023
In the wake of a challenging year, the Bank of England (BoE) has found itself navigating a tumultuous economic landscape marked by significant upheavals. Following the release of the mini-budget in September 2022, the BoE was compelled to take proactive measures to stabilize the financial system. Th...
How to Reverse the Decline in the Poverty Focus of UK Aid
February 07, 2023
It is well understood that the same amount of aid makes a bigger difference to peoples’ lives when their incomes are lower. And Development Minister Andrew Mitchell has rightly emphasised a “focus on the poorest and most vulnerable” in the UK’s development activities. With significant cuts to the UK...
Steering towards Scylla: Rescuing UK Development Policy from Disaster
December 09, 2022
There is a very real possibility that the UK ceases to be a significant presence in international development over the next couple of years; indeed, this is the most likely outcome at present. In this note, we set out the challenges facing Mitchell, and how each of our recommendations can be achieve...
Projections of UK-Hosted Refugees, and the Implications for the UK’s Aid Budget and Spend
September 26, 2022
In this note, we look at the potential numbers and cost of refugee hosting in the UK in 2022, how this compares to the UK’s historic approach, and the knock-on impact for the UK’s aid budget.
A Proposed UK Party Manifesto Section on Global Cooperation
September 08, 2022
At some point in the next couple of years, the UK is going to have an election. Before then, political parties are going to be working up their election manifestos. In an attempt to save them time, here's a draft section on international cooperation for them to cut-and-paste.
Assessing the UK’s ODA Focus on Poverty and Africa
December 02, 2021
The UK has historically prioritised poverty reduction in its aid spending, focusing finance where it is most needed. In this note, we assess the poverty focus of the UK’s bilateral official development assistance (ODA) over the past decade and compare this to other major donors. To do so, we examine...