Development Debates: Are We Getting Development Aid Right?
The London International Development Centre (LIDC) has teamed up with The Guardian Development Network to host a series of panel debates on current key issues in international development. Four speakers, comprised of academics from the Bloomsbury Colleges, development practitioners and policy-makers, will take questions from the audience. Discussions will be guided by a moderator, and there will be a chance to continue the discussion after the debate at a networking and drinks reception.
Are We Getting Development Aid Right?
At the moment we have "official" development aid (ODA) provided by traditional donors such as DFID and development aid from all other sources including private companies and philanthropic foundations. As these "non- official" donors grow in power and influence we need to question, does this system of aid work?
Over 150 world leaders have signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals which will require huge development financing, beyond the reach of ODA. So is this the moment to ditch ODA and move onto an entirely new system of aid?
Professor Kara Hanson, Professor of Health System Economics at LSHTM
Professor Stephen Chan, Professor of World Politics at SOAS
Fatimah Kelleher, Women's Rights and Social Development Consultant at WISE Development
Stephen Doughty MP (Labour), served as the Shadow Minister of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Trade and Investment and member of the Parliamentary International Development Committee Group
Bibi van der Zee, editor of the Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network
This is the first of the new London International Development Centre and The Guardian debate series 'Development Debates'.
Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD MP (Cons)
Member of Parliament
Served as Minister of State at the Department for International Development from July 2014 until July 2016
Women's rights and social development consultant who works with a variety of international, regional and national stakeholders in Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean
Professor Stephen Chan OBE
Professor International Relations and World Politics. He has written extensively on China/Africa relations
Professor Kara Hanson SD
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Professor of Health System Economics with 25 years' experience of working in international health
Bibi van der Zee
Writer and editor at The Guardian who specialises in global development and environmental issues