A ‘distinct UK offer’: The geographies of the FCDO's International Development Strategy 2022

Peck, Sarah (2022) A ‘distinct UK offer’: The geographies of the FCDO's International Development Strategy 2022. Geographical Journal. pp. 1-7. ISSN 0016-7398 (In Press)

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On 16 May 2022, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) produced its first International Development Strategy. This commentary explores the geographies of the strategy in more depth, highlighting three key areas: firstly, the dominance of a ‘UK approach’; secondly, its focus on country and bilateral programmes; and, finally, the rise of diplomatic, commercial and technological spaces for development. The commentary concludes that this development strategy produces an imaginary of a more isolationist, independent, sovereign Britain, with development used as a vehicle for a geographical nationalistic re-branding. These geographical imaginaries are used to legitimise aid to a domestic audience and to enhance Britain's position in the development sector. This emphasis in turn asks further questions about governmental thinking on development – importantly, what is lost, neglected and dismissed through this focus on a ‘distinct UK approach’?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Britain, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, geographies, international development
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2022 07:35
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 12:00
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50429

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