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Kate Osamor MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, announced on 2 November that she will convene a new Task Force to advise her on Labour’s future approach to international development.

The Task Force – made up of 13 other experts and activists, acting in a personal capacity – will advise and help Kate to publish a paper in spring 2018 that hones Labour’s programme for government, targeting its international development policy at tackling the root causes of poverty, inequality and climate change.

The Task Force will meet with Kate Osamor six times before the spring, and wants to gather wider evidence and input before mid-January 2018. See the ‘How to Get Involved’ page for more information on how to participate.

The Task Force will base their work on Labour’s existing approach to international development; the policy commitments contained within Labour’s 2017 General Election Manifesto, For the Many, Not the Few; and the ongoing work of the Labour Party National Policy Forum’s International Policy Commission.

The Task Force will specifically advise Kate Osamor on how to implement the vision outlined in her keynote speech at the Overseas Development Institute on 2 November 2017. There, she outlined that under a Labour government the Department for International Development will be tasked with a twin focus – not only to eradicate poverty, but for the first time to reduce global inequality. You can watch, listen to and read Kate Osamor’s speech in full here.