EX­POS­ING THE SCAN­DAL OF FOR­EIGN AID HOW FIRMS ARE MAK­ING MIL­LIONS OUT OF SLUMS LIKE THIS

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON DEAN

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.

Spend­ing

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.

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