Tuesday, September 22, 2009
IPN shows how British "foreign aid" is misused for domestic purposes.
Two weeks ago IPN released a report detailing some of the more grotesque examples of how British “foreign aid” is misused. Among other poverty stricken recipients of money from the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) are trade unions and other partisan political organisations. By 2011, over £1 billion of British taxpayers’ money will be used for lobbying, raising “awareness”, and the “promotion” of blatantly political agendas within the UK.
The Trades Union Congress has received £1.2 million from DfiD since 2003, to pay for such essential activities as a party in London (with Caribbean food and music) to celebrate “International Women’s Day”. DfID also paid the TUC to hold lessons in how to apply for DfID funds. The TUC’s defence was to point out that Tory-linked groups had also received funds from DfID. Thanks! We’ll add a link to this other egregious misuse of tax money to our new website detailing these activities … coming soon.
Fake Aid: How foreign aid is being used to support the self-serving activities of NGOs (PDF), September 2009