A World For The Many Not The Few

The Labour Party's vision for international development

Kate Osamor MP launched the policy paper 'A World For The Many Not The Few' on Monday 26th March at Parliament, outlining the Labour Party's vision for international development. 

The document draws on evidence from 55 written submission, a 12-expert Task Force, and 18 expert witnesses, and proposes a cross-government collaboration  and with international partners in order to achieve its goals.

The Shadow Secretary ​reminded us of the many challenges we face today such as widespread poverty, gender pay gap, violence against women, tax evasion, refugees and displaced people, climate change, and how these are symptoms of an economic model that needs rethinking. Labour's strategy to address these crises, relies on SDGs, but also on acknowledging 'inequality as the challenge of our lifetime', therefore adopting its reduction as a twin goal. 

To tackle inequality, Kate Osamor's policy paper proposes five key priorities and lines of action: 

  • ​A fairer global economy - a Labour government will address issues such as decent work for all and tax evasion, taking action to make the international trade system fairer

  • A global movement for public services - working to ensure free, universal access to high quality, gender-responsive public services in education and health, for instance, and to enable their development in the global South

  • A feminist approach to development - the Labour Party is set to implement the UK's first explicitly feminist international development policy based on the principles of gender justice, rights, intersectionality and solidarity

  • Building peace and preventing conflict - through diplomacy, defence and trade, UK aid will play a critical global role in tackling conflict and crisis under the Labour Party's vision 

  • Action for climate justice and ecology - the Labour Party pledges to work to preserve the Paris Agreement and deliver on international commitments to reduce emissions, while mitigating the impacts of climate change especially in the global South countries

The paper also addresses contracts and public-private partnerships. CDR welcomes the call to reassess the evidence and how contracts are commissioned. Recent changes introduced by the government have raised concerns across the sector about their potential negative impacts on development outcomes and value for the taxpayer as well as increasing the difficulty with which organisations of all sizes, particularly SMEs, can participate in delivering DFID funded programmes. 


CDR also welcomes the call to increase DFID staffing to ensure adequate oversight of contracts. Contracts remain an effective and transparent way to deliver UK aid for which all organisation can bid - including NGOs, foundations, UN agencies and companies. Diversity in DFID's supply chain and a strong relationship between DFID and its partners will help deliver results and best value. 

Read the complete policy paper here

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