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Development Debates: Are We Getting Development Aid right?

The London International Development Centre (LIDC) has teamed up with The Guardian Development Network to host a series of panel debates on current key issues in international development. Four speakers, comprised of academics from the Bloomsbury Colleges, deelopment practitioners and policy-makers will take questions from the audience. Discussions will be guided by a moderator, and there will be a chance to continue the discussion after the debate at a networking and drinks reception.

Are We Getting Development Aid Right?

At the moment we have "official" development aid (ODA) provided by traditional donors such as DFID and development aid from all other sources including private companies and philanthropic foundations. As these "non-official" donors grow in power and influence we need to question, does this system of aid work?

Over 150 world leaders have signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals which will require huge development financing, beyond the reach of ODA. So is this the moment to ditch ODA and move onto an entirely new system of aid?


Professor Kara Hanson SD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - Professor of Health System Economics with 25 years' experience of working in international health.

Professor Stephen Chan OBE, SOAS - Professor of International Relations and World Politics - He has written extensiely on China/Africa relations.

Fatimah Kelleher, WISE Development - Women's rights and social development consultant who works with a variety of international, regional and national stakeholders in Afrida, South Asia and the Caribbean.

This is the first of the new London International Development Centre and The Guardian debate series 'Development Debates'.


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