We should be proud of the fact the UK has stood by its aid commitment – spending less than one percent of our national income increases Britain’s global influence and allows us to shape the world around us.
DFID responds to a report by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) on our work with Civil Society Organisations, which includes charities and NGOs.
Reducing poverty, hunger and providing clean water and sanitation is at the heart of what UK aid does, but it is also tackling disease, terrorism and conflict, and creating a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for us all – which is firmly in our national interest.
The Times reports that “money from the overseas aid budget is to be used in the fight against child sex tourism and the growing problem of livestreamed abuse”
Papers, including The Guardian, The Express and Yorkshire Post, have today covered a TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) report on the future of foreign aid spending. The Department for International Development is already shifting how it spends aid to ensure our investment benefits us all, and is fully aligned with our wider national security and economic priorities, and in the national interest.
As the Prime Minister said in Cape Town last year, we are unashamed about the need to ensure our aid programme works for the UK, combating extreme poverty while supporting the UK’s national interest
The UK government has committed to spend 0.7% of our national income on aid. This commitment, enshrined in law, contributes to Britain’s reputation as a development superpower.
Penny Mordaunt has written about the aid budget, including her thoughts on starting a national conversation about how British savers and pension holders can invest in developing countries, and both earn a return and do good in the world
Our UK aid budget only goes up when the UK economy grows, a sign of our economic success.
Not a single penny of UK aid provided to ClientEarth is used for their core UK business, including the salaries of chief executives.
The Telegraph has now updated its copy to accurately reflect this point.