UK government opens up consultation on forthcoming International Development Strategy

On July 27, 2021, the UK government announced a call for evidence from external stakeholders to help shape its forthcoming International Development Strategy. The consultation is open until September 6 for submission.

The Strategy aims to set out the government’s approach to international development over the next decade and will be aligned to the objectives identified in the government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. The Integrated Review set out a vision for the UK in 2030 as a science and technology superpower, with a strong focus also on trade, an open international system, democracy, humanitarianism, the climate emergency, and global health. It also signaled a drive for greater engagement in East Africa and the Indo-Pacific region.

The Integrated Review identified four key trends – geopolitical shifts (the increasing relevance of China and the Indo-Pacific region), systemic competition (between states and with non-state actors), rapid technological change and digitization, and rising transnational challenges (the climate crisis, global health risks, illicit finance, terrorism).

The government has also noted that the forthcoming International Development Strategy will maintain a focus on the seven core priorities for UK official development assistance in 2021-2022, outlined by UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab in December 2020:

  1. Climate change and biodiversity;
  2. Global health security;
  3. Girls’ education;
  4. Open societies and conflict;
  5. Humanitarian and crisis response;
  6. Science and technology; and
  7. Economic development and trade.

The call for evidence is centered around stakeholders responding to four key questions:

  1. How might progress on international development until 2030 be impacted by the trends identified in the Integrated Review, and how should the UK respond?
  2. What could success in 2030 look like in terms of meeting the needs of the poorest and most marginalized and increasing opportunities for countries to become self-sustaining?
  3. How and where can the UK government's international policy and activity best support long-term international development outcomes?
  4. How and where can the government's development work best support the UK’s wider strategic objectives set out in the Integrated Review?

Submissions to the review should be sent to <IDSCallForEvidence@fcdo.gov.uk>.

Press release - UK government