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Simon Maxwell

Where next for DfID? A public debate is needed on the forthcoming PSA and budget settlement

Where next for DfID? A public debate is needed on the forthcoming PSAPublic Service Agreement and budget settlement, ODIOverseas Development Institute (London) blog Dec 2007

In the heart of Whitehall, negotiations are currently underway on two matters that will shape the Government’s actions on international development until 2011. Surprisingly, there is little public debate about either.  Yet there should be.  Aid volumes are increasing sharply.  At the same time, the development agenda is changing very fast, in some ways extending or moving beyond the poverty reduction paradigm that has dominated for the past decade.  This challenges the Government as a whole to be clear about its objectives, and particularly challenges DFID.  Will the Department fulfil its mandate as the lead agency across government on all aspects of international development?  Or will it find itself concentrating its efforts on spending the additional aid volume, in some ways reverting to the mission of the old ODA?................. (see link in title for full article)

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