Welcome to the official website of Clare Short, home of her collected articles, interviews, speeches and correspondence from across her twenty-seven years as MP for Birmingham Ladywood and details of her work since leaving Parliament.
Sir Brian Urquhart Award acceptance speech
Only a new asylum convention can thwart the people smugglers
What’s wrong with aid? LSE lecture
Labour’s route to power involves coalition with smaller parties
The audacity of change
Clare’s recent lecture: Reflecting on the Demise of DfID
Britain’s aid budget could soon become little more than a slush fund for business
Noble Conspiracies for a Global Community: online roundtable including Clare Short
When Labour returned to government in 1997, Clare was appointed the first Secretary of State for International Development.
Clare resigned from the government in 2003 in protest of the UK’s involvement in the Iraq War. She continued to serve as a backbench Labour MP until she resigned the Labour whip in 2006.
Clare left parliamentary politics in 2010 and went on to work with a number of institutions committed to international development. Between 2011 and 2016 Clare served as Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the global standard for the transparent governance of oil, gas, and mineral resources across the world.
Women and civil disobedience.
Chilcot is longer than the Harry Potter books put together.
How can the international community do more to tackle corruption?
Aid: moral duty or national self-interest?
The forces shaping radical politics today.
Apocalypse now: global equity and sustainable living.
Irish terrorism and Irish peace.
The dangers of a broken multilateral system in a divided world.
Mass urbanisation is one of the defining issues of our times. By 2030 two-thirds of the global population will be living in cities yet the vast majority of city dwellers in the developing world live in slums, without access to proper housing and basic infrastructure and services.
Whilst the mismanagement of urban regions contributes to systemic global inequality, in economic terms, urbanisation tends to promote growth. Clare works with the Cities Alliance and other advocacy groups for slum-dwellers to campaign for improvements in urban policy and planning so that cities can serve as poles for international development in the global south.
Consequences of climate change
The catastrophic effects of climate change and man-made environmental degradation are already being registered. In the developing world, lack of adequate public infrastructure and investment means that the poor will suffer most.
Following the work of environmental theorist, Lester Brown, Clare believes that our failure to act to create a more effective global system could lead to a very ugly future, as millions are displaced as a result of climate change, more states collapse into weakness and disorder and wars are fought over water and oil. Clare argues that we must face up to the reality of this dreadful prospect so that we determine to redouble our efforts to avoid such a future.
Transparency in the extractive industries
Developing countries often possess vast natural resources but are poorer than comparable states which lack these resources. During her tenure as Chair of the EITI (2011-2016), Clare worked to encourage governments and corporations to make public details of their transactions with the extractive industry and their management of natural resources.
Throughout her career Clare has remained a committed advocate of Palestinian self-determination and emancipation, and has worked with numerous charities and organisations committed to improving living conditions in the occupied territories. Clare believes that a two-state solution to the conflict is becoming impossible because of Israel’s ongoing settlement policy, militarism and undermining of international law.
Clare works with the following organisations.
The Alliance aims to reduce urban poverty in the developing world and to promote the role of cities in advancing sustainable development.