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DFID sets aside £19.4 million – including child abuse cash

The UK’s Department for International Development is giving St Helena £1.2m of new money for safeguarding of children and adults. The announcement came as a team from the UK neared the end of two weeks on the island, investigating alleged failures to deal … Continue reading

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UK sends message on need for open government

The British government says it will be looking for transparency in the way St Helena spends millions of pounds it receives in aid funding. Its latest update on British overseas territories says: “More than ever, in the current financial climate, … Continue reading

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DfID sets out to tackle St Helena diabetes and cut aid

The diabetes crisis on St Helena has been picked out as one of the main targets for action by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). It also wants to reduce the island’s dependence on British aid. The incidence of … Continue reading

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Steady Eddie go… and come back

Eddie Palmer spent seven years on St Helena as the British government’s adviser – and only seven weeks after he left, it’s been announced that he is coming back. At the time of his departure – apparently for good – … Continue reading

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Saint FM listeners urged to protest over ‘misuse’ of UK aid

UK listeners to Saint FM have been urged to protest to their members of Parliament over the station being “driven out of business” with British tax-payers’ money. St Helena’s first and only fully-independent radio station announced on Wednesday, 19 December … Continue reading

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St Helena’s new paymaster knows a bit about airports

The new Secretary of State for International Development – the cabinet minister ultimately responsible for aid to St Helena – comes to the job with useful background knowledge on airports. Which is handy, because Justine Greening will carry on Andrew Mitchell’s … Continue reading

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What the nurse said to the governor: Andrew Gurr looks back

When Andrew Gurr arrived on St Helena in 2007 as the first governor to be appointed through open competition, he found an island civil service that was financially adrift. It needed to undergo surgery – and so, later on, did … Continue reading

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Experts, expats and what England expects: a governor’s view, part 2

Andrew Gurr, immediate past governor of St Helena, has been sharing his insights from his recent four-year stint behind the big desk in The Castle in Jamestown. See part one of his talk to the Friends of St Helena here. … Continue reading

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The inside story on St Helena, by former governor Andrew Gurr

While cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell was in Swindolena in May 2012, telling Saints about their island’s bright opportunities, Andrew Gurr was just 30 miles away in Oxford, sharing insights from his four years as governor (2007-2011). The two men were … Continue reading

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Jamestown jetty plan looks dead in the water

Plans for a breakwater at St Helena’s historic wharf have all-but been scrapped, according to International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell. A permanent jetty is planned instead at Rupert’s Valley, he said. He broke the news at a meeting for Saints and … Continue reading

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