Simple solution to MoD’s budget woes
Your report (11 May) about the MoD’s £21bn budget shortfall is yet another reminder that the UK desperately needs “lower cost” complimentary efforts that reduce security threats in the long term. With global conflict at its highest level in 30 years, the UK should invest in sustainable solutions that go beyond putting a lid on the problem as our adventures in Iraq and Libya have shown and the Chilcot inquiry made clear. This can be achieved by investing in peacebuilding – interventions that deal with the root causes of conflict – both in policy and financial terms. Every US$1 invested in peacebuilding potentially leads to a US$16 decline in the cost of armed conflict. Peacebuilding is effective, cost-effective and popular according to polls – and it would help with the MoD’s funding problem. What’s not to like?
CEO, International Alert