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The Syria police scandal shows it’s time to reclaim aid from the private profiteers


04 December 2017
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Today UK aid is on the front pages again for all the wrong reasons. As today’s headlines peddle yet another story of aid misused by private contractors, this time in a conflict zone, the anti-aid lobby have been handed an open goal by the government’s continuing attempts to divert aid away from its core purpose.

These schools wouldn’t be good enough for kids in the UK, so stop promoting them overseas


22 November 2017
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“Unsanitary learning conditions”, “unqualified teachers”, “poor quality education”, “unaffordable”. These are just some of the damning terms used to describe schools across Africa run by Bridge International Academies, a private for-profit company that provides ‘low cost’ private education.

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  • Syria case may be ‘tip of the iceberg’ for fund backing some of world's worst security forces
  • Secretive Conflict, Stability and Security Fund uses £500m of aid money
  • Government accused of using loophole to fund discredited consultancy

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The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Diverting aid and undermining human rights

December 2017

The UK government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) raises all kinds of questions about the future of UK aid, the nature of the UK’s relations with states abusing human rights and the government’s openness with the public. 

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Update to Global Justice Now report, The privatisation of UK aid: How Adam Smith International is profiting from the aid budget

November 2017

ASI profits continue to grow

Latest accounts from Adam Smith International1 show the company’s profit margins continue to grow despite it having been centre of a scandal in which it was accused of exploiting documents leaked from DFID and attempting to falsify evidence to a parliamentary enquiry. The Commons international development committee said the company's behaviour was "deplorable" and "entirely inappropriate."2 As a consequence the company had any new contracts frozen.

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