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Aid and the military: Future bedfellows?

Time (GMT +01) 10:30 12:00


Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale

Rt Hon Stephen O'Brien MP - Prime Minister's envoy to the EU on the Sahel

Dr Stuart Gordon - Professor in International Development (LSE)

Eva Svoboda - Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group (ODI)


Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead


The ODI and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Overseas Development (APGOOD) are hosting a panel discussion on the issues around stabilisation and peacebuilding. 

The debate over whether money from the UK’s Department for International Development should go to the military is becoming highly contentious as international military involvement with development activitiesin conflict areas continue to increase, and stakeholders strongly disagree overwhat, if any, role the military should play in peacebuilding. 

Our panellists will discuss this issue and address central questions to the debate,such as: 

  • How should civil-military cooperation in conflict-affected and fragile states be shaped in the future? (and to what degree should the military be involved in development activities?) 
  • Are aid agencies justified in sometimes prioritising presence and funding over humanitarian principles?
  • Should Britain divert more of its aid budget to military spending?
  • How can we make stabilisation approaches more efficient?

The event, chaired by Baroness Kinnock, will take place in the UK Parliament.

Committee Room 5 - House of Commons