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Opinion: Time for the Liberal Democrats to stand up and be counted on foreign aid

The Liberal Democrats have a proud tradition of prioritising international development, but it is time to re-think our foreign aid strategy. All three parties’ manifestoes pledged to increase aid spending to 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI). This sounds very “nice” and positive, but the commitment bears no relation to the actual needs of developing countries and ignores the mounting evidence showing that the current system of aid is perpetuating the poverty it seeks to alleviate. If we are to be serious about helping the world’s poorest, we need to stop focusing upon what we want to give, …

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    Peter Martin, the resolution foundation has published a short piece with ten recommendations for how economic policy can be approached in this crisis Safeguarding governments’...
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