Reflections on Today’s Development Challenges – 24 March 2014

Department for International Development, Whitehall, LondonClare Short, Secretary of State for International Development from 1997 to 2003. A prominent member of the Labour Party, she resigned over the Prevention of Terrorism Act in 1988, and again over the Gulf War in 1990, serving the last four years of her time in Parliament as an Independent. Since 2010, after 27 years as a Member of Parliament, Ms Short has been active in various organisations working on slum upgrading in the developing world; transparency in oil, gas and mining; African-led humanitarian action; destitute asylum-seekers in Birmingham; Trade Justice for the developing world; and for a just settlement of the Palestinian/ Israeli conflict.  In March 2011, she was elected Chairwoman of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and has been a member of the Advocacy Panel of Cities Alliance, an alliance of the World Bank, UN-HABITAT, local government and development partners committed to meeting the UN target to develop cities without slums since 2006 .

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