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Stop hijacking the aid budget
Boris Johnson

Aid and debt justice

In recent years, UK aid has increasingly been used to privatise public services, fund fossil fuel projects and boost the UK’s economic power overseas in the name of the so-called “national interest”. More money is going to unaccountable private sector contractors and funds, and less is going to the marginalised communities that need it most.


Our research has uncovered a wide range of dubious aid-funded projects including unaffordable private hospitals, colonial palm oil plantations and poor quality for-profit schools. At the same time, governments have repeatedly tried to reduce public and parliamentary scrutiny of UK aid. This is what we call the “corporate hijack of aid” – the use of the publicly-funded aid budget to boost private sector profits. Instead, we believe aid should prioritise people and planet by helping to tackle climate change, close global inequalities, and support democratic accountability.

A new approach to international development

Aid thought of in a different way can contribute to important struggles for social justice and alleviate the burden of the poverty. Used properly, aid can act as a form of internationalist solidarity and global redistribution.

That is why we campaign for a new approach to aid and international development.

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