The UK-India aid relationship
7 May 2020, 13:00 to 14:30 Please note: this event has passed
Bush House, Strand Campus, London
Speaker: Saskia Wilven (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Abstract: this talk is based on Saskia Wilven’s doctoral thesis, which represents the first comprehensive history of the aid relationship between India and Britain spanning the period from Indian independence in 1947 until 1970.
It examines how the two states identified and pursued their altered economic interests as they extricated themselves from one of the most significant colonial relationships in history.
It focuses on the aid relationship during a period in which Britain viewed economic assistance as an important diplomatic tool for furthering its interests in India, whilst India came to view aid from external powers as a crucial source of support for its ambitious development plans.
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About the speaker
Dr Saskia Wilven is the Senior Research Analyst for India in the South Asia and Afghanistan Research Group at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). She is responsible for the provision to FCO policymakers and other government departments of expert advice on, and analysis of, India. She recently completed a PhD in history at the India Institute, King’s College London.
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