Posts by Gail Hurley

Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance, United Nations Development Programme, New York

Punching above its weight: Cuba’s medical internationalism

Gail Hurley

After Castro’s death and with profound political and economic change across the Americas what is the future for Cuba’s medical internationalism? The death last month of Fidel Castro at age 90 prompted a flurry of commentary simultaneously proclaiming the former Cuban leader a hero or a tyrant.  Biographers and commentators will no doubt pore over his tenure and legacy for … Continue reading

4 January 2017 by Gail Hurley
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How new donor countries are reshaping the development aid landscape

Gail Hurley

Development aid is increasingly being provided by middle-income economies. This is a significant change in a shifting global aid landscape A growing number of countries in Central and Eastern Europe (such as Croatia, Serbia, Poland and Romania) and in central Asia (e.g. Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) are now opening formal development aid agencies.  I recently delivered a United Nations Development Programme … Continue reading

6 December 2016 by Gail Hurley
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How Tax Inspectors Without Borders are tackling lost tax revenues

Gail Hurley

Developing countries lose billions annually through tax avoidance and evasion. New UN-led initiatives are helping but global action is still required. Tax, not development aid, was the front and centre issue at last year’s UN Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa.  The aim of the event was to thrash out the international community’s plan for funding the new … Continue reading

23 August 2016 by Gail Hurley
Categories: Development, SPERI Comment, Tax

Finding the money: financing Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis

Gail Hurley

The UN warns the humanitarian aid system is ‘being stretched to breaking point’ The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reports that over 613,000 people of mainly Middle-Eastern and African origin have crossed into Europe this year so far, fleeing ongoing conflict and poverty in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia. The European Union’s response has been chaotic, … Continue reading

11 November 2015 by Gail Hurley
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Sustainable Development Goals for all countries

Gail Hurley

Does this signal a paradigm shift in how we have to conceive of ‘development’? 2015 is a major year for international development – or so we’re told.  I’ve written before about the UN’s bold new development programme, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will be agreed in New York in September.  This ambitious new development agenda calls on all governments … Continue reading

30 June 2015 by Gail Hurley
Categories: Development, Inequality, Political theory, Social science, SPERI Comment, Sustainability Tags: , ,

From MDGs to … SDGs

Gail Hurley

The world has drafted a spectacular new ‘to-do’ list of Sustainable Development Goals Following two years of deliberations at the UN in New York, UN ambassadors have proposed seventeen ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (or SDGs) to replace the old Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015.  The final agreement will come next year. So what’s in … Continue reading

14 October 2014 by Gail Hurley
Categories: Civic Capitalism, Development, Inequality, SPERI Comment, Sustainability Tags: , , , ,

Development aid: where to next?

Gail Hurley

Levels of aid spending are rising but is aid quality also improving? Last month some 1500 people from over 130 countries gathered in Mexico City for the latest international jamboree on development aid. The so-called ‘Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation’ is an OECD/UNDP-led effort which aims to improve aid effectiveness by encouraging better partnerships between aid donors and aid … Continue reading

6 May 2014 by Gail Hurley
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The Caribbean’s silent debt crisis

Gail Hurley

New policies are needed to break the cycle of debt dependency Sun, sea, sand, rum-punch, even reggae, these are the images that usually spring to mind when we think of the Caribbean islands. Less well-known is the profound sovereign debt crisis that many are currently experiencing. Indeed, for some, it has been a persistent and unresolved problem for well over … Continue reading

28 October 2013 by Gail Hurley
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Paying for Post-2015

Gail Hurley

With the UN’s development goals up for renewal the question of financing is more important than ever The UN’s much lauded and also much criticised Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015. I’m interested in what comes next, but I’m also concerned as to how its post-2015 development vision will be financed. Isn’t that the million (or billion) dollar question? … Continue reading

13 June 2013 by Gail Hurley
Categories: Development, SPERI Comment