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Contemporary UK Development Aid Conference
Thu 6 July 2017, 09:30 – 19:00 BST
The School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds is hosting a one day conference focusing on Britain’s role in contemporary development aid. The conference aims to bring together academics and practioners to discuss the myriad of issues surrounding aid donation, the challenges faced by DFID and the political and social repercussions of this policy area, particularly in this period of political upheaval in the UK in light of the BREXIT vote and forthcoming negotiations.
UK aid has come under the spotlight in recent years with the commitment to 0.7% GDP and the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The ring fencing of development aid budget in the light of the 2007/8 financial crisis placed pressure on firstly the coalition government and then the Conservative government to justify and interpret development aid in new ways. The 2016 Autumn statement indicated that the government will reconsider the existing ring-fenced spending policy areas in the near future, including international development aid spending. This is therefore the opportune time to study the UK’s development aid policy in a systematic way.
The conference will focus on the broad field of UK aid, particularly political parties and aid, issues surrounding communication and the media reaction to aid donation, civil society and aid and aid as a foreign policy tool.