EXPOSING THE SCANDAL OF FOREIGN AID HOW FIRMS ARE MAKING MILLIONS OUT OF SLUMS LIKE THIS
THE FULL scandal of Britain’s expanding overseas aid budget can be exposed today.
For, far from filling the bellies of the needy or sick, millions of YOUR tax pounds are swelling the coffers of ‘aid consultants’.
The Department for International Development (DfID) paid almost £500m last year to such firms, many of whose bosses earn six, even seven-figure incomes courtesy of the taxpayer.
DfID also funds dozens of foreign consultancy firms. It is paying £6m to Cape Town University to investigate mental health issues in southern Africa, and millions to U.S.-based organisations, including the Clinton Foundation, the International Food Policy Research Institute and Family Health International.
It pays Washington-based Search for Common Ground £3.9m to “support the electoral cycle in Sierra Leone”. And consultancy firms in India and Uganda are also getting large sums, according to a probe by the respected Sunday Telegraph.
The revelations have led to the new International Development Secretary Justine Greening to order an “emergency audit” of the department’s spending.
Miss Greening, who is an accountant by training, has demanded an explanation of the apparently extravagant spending and is said to be going through the DfID’s budget “line by line”.
“Justine will be sure to bring an accountant’s eye to DfID and will be looking closely at every area of spend to ensure value for money for the British taxpayer,” said one source.