The Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi) pursues research across the contemporary security agenda, focusing on the interface between defence, development and diplomacy as the arena where the most important and challenging security issues arise. Drawing on its network of academic and practitioner expertise, DGSi’s research and educational activity is practically-oriented, innovative and ambitious in casting new light on security challenges and identifying effective responses to complex problems.
The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty. As well as headquarters in London and East Kilbride, near Glasgow, DFID has offices in around 40 developing countries and provides aid to around 90 countries.
Acacia Development Associates provides policy analysis and advice on development to public, private and not-for-profit organisations working in Africa and elsewhere. Its founders, Jeremy and Marisa Astill-Brown, have lived and worked in Africa for 20 years, building up extensive experience in countries and regions characterized by a complex environment in which understanding how things work and knowing who’s who are key to making a difference. They have worked with organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and international NGOs, providing forward-thinking analysis as well as advice on strategic programme design and implementation in order to help their clients reach their goals.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office – ‘the FCO’ or ‘the Foreign Office’ for short – is the government department responsible for promoting British interests overseas and supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe.
In today’s economic climate, international relations are more important than ever.
There are major changes under way in the world. For example, economic power is moving eastwards into Asia. The spread of democracy and the power of the internet are giving non-government groups and the individual new opportunities to contribute to decisions affecting them. And the need for global solutions to the great issues of our time, such as climate change, terrorism and social inequality, means that international institutions are more important than ever.
The UK is well placed to benefit from these changes. We are an influential member of key international organisations such as the United Nations, the European Union, NATO and the Commonwealth, and we have strong links with many parts of the world. Britain is emerging as a global hub for ideas and a primary force in the search for answers to global problems.
The FCO and its worldwide network of embassies and consulates is a unique national asset.
Our diplomats have world-class skills in understanding and influencing what is happening abroad, supporting our citizens who are travelling and living overseas, helping to manage migration into Britain, promoting British trade and other interests abroad and encouraging foreign investment in the UK.