Providing strategic support for reform, allowing aid beneficiaries to define the success of aid policy, and having a public platform where donor and government performance can be reported on would build the U.K.'s commitment to international aid, Lawrence Haddad writes in his Development Horizons blog. Haddad argues that the British public sees international aid as a failure because the aid community is not clear and upfront in reporting its successes and failures. He states that failures should continue to be reported but with the reports also explaining the risks and lessons related to the failures.

Haddad also describes in his blog the stances of the Conservative and Labor parties toward international aid. The Labor Party, he writes, is pushing for the use of aid in a sensible way while the Conservative Party is endorsing using it in a different way. Haddad writes that although stances on international aid would not shape the upcoming British elections, the election results would affect the international aid community.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.