Dan Smith is the Secretary General of International Alert and Chairman of the UN Peacebuilding Fund’s Advisory Group. Previous positions include Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (1993-2001) and Director of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam (1991-3). He has written widely on peace, conflict and security issues since the mid-1970s and blogs on international politics at www.dansmithsblog.com. He was awarded the OBE in 2002.
At the end of November, 2,000 representatives of governments, international organisations and NGOs convened in Busan as the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. Just before the meeting we proposed four criteria by which to judge its outco...read more
The wording of the Outcomes Document from the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid is largely agreed, and reflects much of the new thinking on aid: statebuilding and peacebuilding; human security; transparency and results.read more