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DfID's Transition From Aid Agency To Development Ministry: What Does Policy Coherence Imply?

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Since mid-2007, when Gordon Brown became prime minister, there has been much discussion in the Department for International Development (DfID) about its ambitions to transform itself from an aid agency into a development ministry. The Comprehensive Spending Review in the autumn of 2007 - which set public expenditure priorities for the next three years - placed a substantial portion of UK Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) under the control of other Whitehall departments, notably the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Department of the Environment (DoE). Paul Collier's influential book, The Bottom Billion, draws on a growing body of evidence in highlighting the importance of peace and the rule of law to poverty reduction. For DfID, current efforts to build policy coherence across Whitehall also raise questions about the poverty focus of UK aid.

Keywords: Department for International Development (DfID); Department of the Environment (DoE); Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO); Ministry of Defence (MoD); policy coherence; poverty reduction; UK Overseas Development Assistance (ODA); Whitehall department



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