UK Cuts Aid to Iraq

Britain’s International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell (pictured), announced on Tuesday the key outcomes of two aid reviews and set out the results that UK aid will deliver for the world’s poorest people over the next four years.

These ambitious reviews of DFID’s [Department for International Development] country programmes and funding to international organisations will, according to the Minister’s statement, make Britain’s aid budget more focused and effective.

Bilateral programmes in a range of countries, including Iraq, will come to an end.

Additionally, four organisations have been rated as providing poor value for money, and DFID core funding will be stopped:

  • International Labour Organisation (ILO);
  • UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction;
  • UN-HABITAT; and
  • UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

This will allow over £50m of aid money to be redirected immediately to better-performing agencies.

Please click here to download the full text of the Minister’s speech.

(Source: DFID)

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