LIDN Founding Document
LIDN Founding Document

Labour International Development Network (LIDN) founding document

In the spirit of internationalism, solidarity and respect, and cognisant of obligations under various international legal instruments [1], LIDN believes that:

    • Supporting developing countries in advancing their own development goals and in achieving poverty elimination, inequality reduction, sustainability, absence of discrimination, democratic governance, protecting human rights and providing humanitarian aid when most needed is an obligation of all wealthy societies, such as the UK.
    • The UK should continue to support multilateral and cooperative solutions to global development problems, as it has done but adhering  to the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, the 2015 Paris Climate Action Agreement and other multilateral agreements.   
    • Supporting countries in this way is a fundamental part of international socialism, and propounds the underlying values of the Labour Party beyond the UK’s borders.
    • The Labour Party should strive to remain a leader in supporting development policies and institutions that ensure aid is as effective as possible in achieving these goals.
    • Labour International CLP has a unique position in the Labour Party on this policy area, as it contains members with substantial and current international experience, and containing currently active development professionals.

As LIDN, we aim to:

    • Campaign on our beliefs to support the implementation of policies that achieve these goals;
    • Provide a platform for experienced development professionals and those with an active interest in development within Labour International CLP;
    • Stimulate critical discussion, peer-learning and analysis related to development and aid issues;
    • Act as a grassroots advocacy group, both within and, on behalf of, the Labour Party, leveraging the substantial knowledge on this topic;
    • Provide outreach and information on events within Labour International to raise awareness and discussion of important policy issues related to international development;
    • Engage with other parts of Labour on thematic issues related to international development on behalf of Labour International;
    • Support Labour International branches to discuss issues and develop motions related to international development;
    • Associate with other groups who share our beliefs to extend our advocacy and information networks. 

You can join the Labour International Development Network (LIDN) by sending an email to:


N.B Articles, posts & comments by LIDN don’t necessarily reflect the views of the LI CLP.

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