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International Aid Update

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Every few months my website will carry news items concerned with International Aid compiled by my staff. I hope you find the items useful and interesting.  Please note, the initiatives and organisations in this update are not endorsed by Meg Munn MP.

Launch of the Sheffield Institute for International Development

The Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) is the most recent new institute of the University of Sheffield. Its purpose laid out in its vision is to “tackle global issues on a human scale”, through uniting quality international research with its own postgraduate graduate programme and the public. Whilst promoting research of issues associated with International development, such as international aid, the Institute is very much founded on the principle of local participation and serves as an example of efforts to voice the opinions of local people to the international community.

Its official launch took place in April 2013 at Sheffield City Hall, and a panel of experts presided over an engaging debate involving students, local people and international aid workers alike. Focusing on Human Rights and International Development, the event included discussion about aid achievements so far and the need to further, whilst also exploring the need for aid and human rights to go hand in hand.

For more information visit:  http://siid.group.shef.ac.uk/

UK Aid

The House of Commons Library has produced information about the UK Government’s aims to achieve the target of contributing 0.7% of its national income in aid.  If the UK achieves the target it will join a group of five countries within the Development Assistance Committee that spend more than 0.7% of their national income in aid. These are Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark and Luxembourg. The paper examines the definition of the 0.7% aid target, its origins, the UK’s historic performance on this measure and its performance compared to other countries.


To read the paper visit: http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN03714

UK aid South Africa

At the end of April 2013 the International Development Secretary announced that Britain’s aid to South Africa will end in 2015. The UK’s aid commitments to the Southern African nation has helped the country through its transformation from the legacy of apartheid to an era in which it is now Africa’s largest economy. The end of the aid flow from the UK to South Africa will mark a new relationship between the countries, one characterised through the sharing of skills and technology. However, ongoing aid projects in South Africa, including initiatives to help tackle poverty and to aid South Africa in its commitment to spread medical expertise to its neighbouring countries, will continue until 2015.

For more information visit:


To read the DFID South Africa Operational Plan 2011-2015 visit:


Millennium Development Goals

The current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are nearing their end in 2015. There have been breakthroughs with the vision of reducing global poverty. The goals include actions to eradicate extreme hunger, achieve universal primary education and to promote gender equality and empower women.

Secretary-general of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, has recently met with the World Bank to talk about commitments to the goals and increase efforts for the final push to achieve them for 2015.


For more information about the current progress of MDGs and ways to get involved visit: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

Careers in International Aid

In line with our last International Aid Update with regards to becoming an aid worker, the organisation RedR offers more information on the issue. Explaining the skills needed for this demanding yet rewarding job, exploring useful training opportunities and also shedding some light on the crucial issue of experience.

For information on how to get involved in aid work or if you’re simply curious about what it is to be an aid worker and the tasks involved visit:


And finally...

Learn more about the work of International Aid worker, Sharon Reader, and her work in Sierra Leone and elsewhere, for the International Federation of the Red Cross at:


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