DFID to announce major reforms to overseas aid

28 February, 2011 by (comments)

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is poised to announce major reforms to its USD13 billion international aid program, which could see the end of direct aid to several countries, and greater focus on improving livelihoods in conflict zones and “failing” states.

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Some 16 countries could lose direct aid, including Niger, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burundi, Cameroon, Iraq, Gambia, China and Russia. India is also facing a freeze in the level of aid it receives, amid recent debates over the country’s growing wealth and strong economy. The overall overseas aid budget is expected to rise, however, and plans include a doubling of aid to Yemen.

DFID – a big player in international aid – has also warned in recent days that it could also withdraw financial support for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), over what it perceives as poor performance, preferring to support the UN’s World Food Program instead.

Stay tuned for more.

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