Do we need to rethink foreign aid?

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This month’s episode of the LSE IQ podcast takes a look at development and humanitarian aid.  

In 2013, the UK became one of only six countries to meet the UN’s target of spending 0.7 per cent of its gross national income on overseas development aid. But while some claim aid is helping build a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for all, not everyone supports the concept of aid

In this episode, we talk to Dr Grace Akello, Visiting Professor at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at LSE; Rafat Ali Al-Akhali, a Fellow of Practice – Strategic Projects at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Dr Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB and a Professor in Practice in International Development at LSE, and Dr Ryan Jablonski, Assistant Professor in Political Science at LSE’s Department of Government.

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