The news that the UK government is going to renege on its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on foreign aid could not come at a worse time for the world’s poorest countries and people and for international cooperation in overall (UK aid budget faces billions in cuts, Nov 17). The World Bank estimates that the Covid-19 pandemic will push an additional 88-115 million people into extreme poverty this year alone, rolling back years of progress to which aid from the UK has contributed. While there is room for debate on the best way to set aid budgets, there is no reason to break legal commitments or to turn your back on countries and people in a time of great need.
Taken in conjunction with parallel proposals to boost national defense spending and restrict employment within the Office of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development to British citizens, which will greatly limit the talent pool from which to recruit and undermine the FCDO’s ability to operate effectively in different contexts. This latest move suggests that Britain is fast becoming a more parochial than progressive presence in the world. The UK, with its reputation as a world leader in foreign aid and for scientific excellence in vaccine development and beyond, continues to be well-positioned to play a leading role in both pandemic response and construction. of a more equitable, secure and sustainable world order. .
Development Studies Association (DSA) urges government to maintain 0.7% commitment to aid spending, to play a full role in supporting Covax (the vaccine pillar of the Covid Access Tool Accelerator -19) to ensure that developing countries do not suffer from vaccine nationalism and reaffirm their commitment to the sustainable development goals.
Professor Sam Hickey President of DSA, Institute for Global Development, University of Manchester
Prof. Uma Kambhampati Secretary of the DSA, Department of Economics, University of Reading
Professor Melissa Leach Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex
Professor Kathryn Hochstetler Department for International Development, London School of Economics
Prof. Khalid Nadvi Institute for Global Development, University of Manchester
Prof Zoë Marriage Department of Development Studies, Soas University of London
Dr. Elisa Van Waeyenberge Y Dr. Hannah Bargawi Department of Economics, Soas University of London
Prof Diego Sánchez-Ancochea Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford
Dr. Jonathan Fisher Department of International Development, University of Birmingham
Professor Laura Camfield School of International Development, University of East Anglia
Professor Michael Walls The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London
Prof. Alfredo Saad-Filho Y Professor Susan Fairley Murray Department for International Development, King’s College London
Prof. Philip N Dearden Center for International Training and Development, University of Wolverhampton
Professor James Copestake Center for Development Studies, University of Bath
Prof Prathivadi Anand International Development and Peace Studies, University of Bradford
Prof. Dan Brockington Y Professor Dorothea Kleine Sheffield Institute for International Development, University of Sheffield
Prof. Jean Grugel Interdisciplinary Center for Global Development, University of York
Professor Alastair Ager Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Dr. Namrata Bhattacharya-Miss International Development Studies, University of Chester
Dr. Mei Trueba Department of Global Health, Brighton and Sussex School of Medicine
Dr. Grace Carswell Head of International Development, University of Sussex
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