Wednesday 12th February 2020, 7 for 7:30pm Friends Meeting House, Settle
International development for a ‘Global Britain’: back to the bad old days?
Daniel Willis, Policy & Campaigns Manager at Global Justice Now, will discuss whether the government’s “Global Britain” agenda is taking us back to the bad old days of “tied aid”. Whether the proposed DfID merger goes ahead or, this agenda continues to have a negative impact on inequality, the environment and public services around the world. Daniel will discuss what we must do to oppose this and how to propose alternatives for what a more radical, just version of international development might look like.
Here’s an article Daniel wrote on the DfID merger over Christmas: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/foreign-office-dfid-merger-overseas-aid-uk-trade-global-development-a9260396.html
Global Justice Now has produced a booklet entitled ‘re-imagining UK aid’ https://www.globaljustice.org.uk/sites/default/files/files/resources/re-imagining_uk_aid_webpages.pdf
March / April – no meetings
May – TBC – possibly James Annan and Julia Hargreaves – an update on the climate change debate.
June/July – TBA
August – no meeting (although we thoroughly recommend the Bradford Faith Trail, especially to those who couldn’t go on it in 2019)
September – TBA
October – One World Week is 18-24
November – a local activities forum?
December – card writing
Ideas for meetings and events always welcome!
LINKS TO OTHER LOCAL GROUPS AND EVENTS
Thursday 23 January 7pm – 9pm Settle Meeting House, Kirkgate, an open meeting organised by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom North ‘How the media influenced the General Election’. Speaker, Granville Williams, Campaign’s organiser. Plenty of time for discussion. Refreshments. All welcome.
Simon Watkins, at Airton Friends Meeting wrote an open letter which was sent to our local MP Julian Smith shortly after the election in December and subsequently published in our local paper, the Craven Herald. On the Airton Barn website, https://airtonbarn.org.uk/2019/12/31/tell-your-leader-this-is-the-peoples-priority-now/?fbclid=IwAR2CwFdEBWuNzpvXhWqeTqYoj29XfBK2AtFpgiKS_tmoe9RIqeYxWIQu7vA , Simon explains that these are not questions; they’re instructions – delivered from an electorate that has shown itself far ahead of the government in its concern about climate change.