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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

What would ‘Brexit’ mean for EU Development Policy?

The case for staying in the European Union has been made by many people representing different sectors already (...) One area where Britain really does have global influence through its EU membership is in international development. Britain is a leading player in the fight against global poverty. It is one of the few countries to reach the UN development aid target of 0.7% GNI, and has a strong and well respected Department for International Development (DFID). As a member state of the EU, Britain is part of the world’s largest development aid donor community which disburses some €12 billion per year, and is present in around 140 countries. As a result of its own strong development policy, Britain is hugely influential over EU development policy and how EU aid is spent. Equally, the EU benefits from working with DFID which is widely recognised for its expertise, experience and ability to deliver on its aid pledges.