The UK’s International Development Policies from the End of the Cold War to the Present

  • Aikande Clement Kwayu
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy book series (PSRPP)


This chapter maps out the general trends and changes in the UK’s international development policies, from 1929 with a particular focus on the period between 1992 and 2019. The chapter disentangles the various themes in international development that prevailed during different periods of time based on the political party in power from 1992 to 1997; 1997 to 2010; 2010 to 2015; and 2015 to 2019. These themes were political conditionality, partnership, value for money and quantified results, and cross-governmental aid budget spending, respectively. Between 2015 and 2019, there were potential changes depending on various factors, not least Brexit politics, as well as emerging concerns regarding the independent status of Department for International Development (DFID). In the analysis, key factors are taken into consideration including the global context, the political party in power and the interests of sitting politicians. The chapter identifies variations and points of change in order to guide the analysis of causal factors in the empirical chapters.


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