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Aid agencies have expressed 'deep concern' about moves to link the UK's overseas aid with military spending in fragile states.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has challenged the ‘myths’ around international development, praising the overseas aid budget for its value for money.
Christian Aid has criticised the omission from the Queen’s Speech of any mention of legislation committing the UK to spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income on overseas aid.
Last week a House of Commons enquiry committee called on the government to abandon plans to legislate 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) for official development assistance (ODA).
Increases in Britain’s aid budget have been typically characterised by the Daily Mail among others as ‘pouring billions of pounds of new aid money into some of the world’s most corrupt regimes.’
Local churches both in the UK and abroad are key players in international development according to a new report from an aid agency published at the weekend.
The economic and financial crisis could wipe up to $41 billion from the United Kingdom aid budget for developing countries over the next seven years, says research from the Catholic development agency CAFOD.
Targeted aid is getting good results in Africa, but the G8 are falling further behind on meeting their commitments, a new report from the organisation set up by U2 frontman Bono, has said.
The news announced yesterday that the government's overseas aid spending will increase by almost 17% a year to form a new record high has been welcomed by overseas development groups.