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


04 December 2017
Aid

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.

Aid
  • 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

Responding to the news that the founders of Adam Smith International (ASI), one of the UK"s biggest aid consultancies is going to quit amidst revelations of attempts to falsify evidence to a parliamentary enquiry, and public controversy over consultant's salaries, Aisha Dodwell, an aid campaigner with Global Justice Now said:

This morning the International Development Committee published its Special Report on Conduct of Adam Smith International (ASI).

These shocking allegations against one of DFID’s biggest private contractors is the latest piece of evidence against the current drive to outsource more of the aid budget to expensive consultants in the UK rather than to address conditions of structural poverty and inequality in countries where it is needed.

The Privatisation of UK aid: How the UK’s growing aid budget has become a lucrative business


11 April 2016

It’s never been a better time to be an aid-funded business. Alongside the UK’s now legally enshrined commitment to spend 0.7% of its national income on aid, a growing trend has emerged where an ever-increasing amount of that budget is spent through private companies. DfID spends some £1.4 billion through private contractors annually, with most of it going to just 11 suppliers.

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


04 December 2017
Aid

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.

The Privatisation of UK aid: How the UK’s growing aid budget has become a lucrative business


11 April 2016

It’s never been a better time to be an aid-funded business. Alongside the UK’s now legally enshrined commitment to spend 0.7% of its national income on aid, a growing trend has emerged where an ever-increasing amount of that budget is spent through private companies. DfID spends some £1.4 billion through private contractors annually, with most of it going to just 11 suppliers.

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Aid
  • 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

Responding to the news that the founders of Adam Smith International (ASI), one of the UK"s biggest aid consultancies is going to quit amidst revelations of attempts to falsify evidence to a parliamentary enquiry, and public controversy over consultant's salaries, Aisha Dodwell, an aid campaigner with Global Justice Now said:

This morning the International Development Committee published its Special Report on Conduct of Adam Smith International (ASI).