UK aid responds to media coverage of National Audit Office report into cross-government aid spend
Official Development Assistance
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”
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.
The Sun’s online headline completely misrepresents the findings of the ICAI report, focussing as it does exclusively on a very narrow area of DFID’s work in this field, namely potholes.
The Daily Mail today (Saturday 4 August) reports that the UK is to double its funding of a scheme that gives cash and debit card payments directly to needy families in developing countries. This is based on a commitment The Department For …
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting this week is the biggest summit the UK has ever hosted, bringing together leaders, foreign ministers business and civil society from across the Commonwealth to address some of the most pressing development challenges of …
Today’s Mail on Sunday reports that China is set to give the Russian government money as part of the country's aid and loan programmes, while claiming that the UK government gives aid to China. To be clear, no UK aid goes to Russia and in fact no DFID money goes to China.
There is widespread media coverage this morning of the International Development Secretary’s five pledges for UK aid that will show taxpayers their money is not only spent well – it cannot be better spent.
Britain is a development superpower. The work we do - the breadth, depth and quality of it, the soft power we wield and the contribution we make to the health, wealth and prosperity of the UK and the world - should be a source of uncontroversial national pride.