Global Justice Now has a long history of campaigning against the misuse of the UK's aid budget. We fight against those who seek to profit from the UK's aid budget, push back against development funding being used to privatise public services overseas and prevent the government from using aid to promote foreign business and military interests around the world.
We campaign for an alternative approach to aid spending that is steeped in principles of solidarity, climate justice, social equality and the global redistribution of political and economic power.
We oppose the hijacking of the aid budget
Boris Johnson's government has now officially dissolved the Department for International Development (DfID) and has given control of UK aid to the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
This move will accelerate the hijacking of the aid budget into a tool for the benefit of British interests, rather than a means of fighting global inequalities.
Holding the government to account for damaging investments
In 2017, the government passed a bill to increase the amount of aid money it could spend through CDC, the UK's development finance institution, from £1.5 billion to £6 billion, with an option to increase to £12 billion.
But CDC lacks transparency and accountability, with many of investments made through private equity funds and tax havens. CDC is investing heavily in fossil fuels, private education and private healthcare, as well as giving money to companies accused of human rights abuses.
This report explores the £4 billion of public funds that the UK government has used to finance fossil fuels overseas since the Paris Agreement was signed. This includes over half a billion pounds in UK aid. Here we summarise the key problems with this approach, highlighting the range of fossil fuel investments made by various government funds and the UK's development bank CDC Group. We also discuss how UK aid could instead be used to finance a just transition to renewable energy and support climate justice.
This report details the failures of the government’s development bank, CDC Group, to invest in a just and responsible way. CDC is set to grow as a proportion of UK aid spending in the coming years, but it is highly unaccountable to both the UK public and the communities affected by its investments. In this report we discuss the problems with CDC's business model, highlight some of its very worst investments, and set out our programme for how it could be reformed over time.
The UK’s role in privatising education around the world
Each year, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is spending millions promoting education privatisation in developing countries.
Just as with the privatisation of education in England, our aid budget is being used to promote the interests of big business. Instead of pursuing market-based solutions, DFID needs to promote and support free, quality, public education – and put pupils before profit.
This report, published by Global Justice Now and the National Education Union, examines the problems with privatisation of school education around the world and the role of the Department for International Development in pushing it through its aid programme.
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