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Adam Smith Int'l
Adam Smith International
Adam Smith International (ASI) exists purely to make money out of the aid budget. Often, ASI has done more harm than good in poor countries by promoting privatisation and ideologically driven but ineffective free market policies. ASI even helped write a pro-privatisation pop song for the disastrous selling off Tanzania’s water utility.
Crown Agents sounds like something out of a James Bond film, but it is actually a consultancy firm that has successfully siphoned off millions of pounds of UK aid money. The company is a remnant of colonial times
Diageo is the multinational drinks company behind famous brands like Guinness, Moët & Chandon and Johnny Walker. Diageo is a big company with revenue of over £15bn. It received $250,000 (around £160k) in aid money to grow sorghum plants to make Guinness in Cameroon.
SABMiller is the company behind famous beer brands such as Peroni, Grolsch and Pilsner Urquell. It is also one of the world’s biggest bottlers of Coca Cola. An annual revenue of over $23bn didn’t stop it taking almost $1m (£650k) in aid money to source local cassava for use in its brewing in Sudan.