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Aid and development links: Myanmar, China’s aid, the challenges of terrorism and more

Jonathan Pryke, Director of the Pacific Islands Program, with links on updates across the aid and development field.

Rohingya in Bangladesh, October 2017 (Photo: EU/ECHO/Flickr)
Rohingya in Bangladesh, October 2017 (Photo: EU/ECHO/Flickr)

  • The UK's International Development Secretary Priti Patel has been sacked from her position. The Prospect details the war she waged with her own department.
  • Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced a public appeal to raise money for the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, matching every dollar raised up to the relatively small sum of $5 million.
  • Reacting just weeks after private sector, Australian aid-funded development facilities were questioned in Senate estimates (see page 96), Jacqui De Lacy, an employee of a contractor managing three of said facilities, has defended their place in development on the Devpolicy blog.
  • The Director of New Zealand's Centre for International Development, the peak body for NZ development NGOs, is hoping the new government will bring a more balanced approach to international development.
  • Standard Chartered's Daniel Hanna on the significant challenges terrorism poses in delivering aid to people in crisis.
  • NPR's Goats and Soda discuss some of the secrets of China's foreign aid.
  • Former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H Summers delivered a keynote address at the Center for Global Development on rethinking development in the 21st Century:

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