Oxfam has criticised the UK Government's failure to make poverty reduction and transparency a condition for all British aid.

The comment by Katy Chakraborty, Oxfam GB’s head of advocacy, refers to government plans to allow departments other than the country's official aid arm, the Department for International Development, to allocate aid funds.

Chakraborty said: “It is disappointing that the Government [in its response to the UK  International Development Committee’s report on aid spending -https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmintdev/1556/155602.htm] fails to make basic transparency standards and a real focus on poverty reduction a condition for departments besides DFID to manage more aid, potentially undermining [aid minister] Penny Mordaunt’s pledge to ensure that ‘UK aid cannot be better spent’.

“The prime minister has recently spoken proudly about the value of UK aid to the world's poorest people. We have a global reputation to protect. The coming budget should be used to make sure the vast majority of aid is spent by departments best able to uphold that reputation.”

Penny Mordaunt visits a port in Djibouti from where UK aid is shipped to Yemen

Penny Mordaunt visits a port in Djibouti from where UK aid is shipped to Yemen

Image by DFID - UK Department for International Development


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