Accountability

  • A Closer Union – The political abuse of foreign aid – PDF
  • Fake Aid – PDF
  • Friends of the EU – PDF
  • “Injecting Optimism” in the UK – How DfID has wasted millions on the Development Awareness Fund – PDF
  • The Ghost of 0.7% – PDF

A Closer Union – The political abuse of foreign aid

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Both the Labour Party and the Conservatives have pledged to increase spending on international development through the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), even in this so-called time of austerity. It is therefore important to evaluate the effectiveness of DfID’s spending. This briefing paper is part of such an ongoing assessment being conducted by IPN

Fake Aid: How foreign aid is being used to support the self-serving political activities of NGOs

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The Department for International Development (DfID) claims to be “leading the UK government’s fight against world poverty.” However, increasing amounts of DfID funds are channelled through non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to fund lobbying activities, marketing, and the promotion of political ideology, often within the UK.

DfID has openly funded groups for which “international development is not their main focus.” Some DfID grant recipients have blatant domestic political agendas.


Friends of the EU: The costs of a taxpayer-funded green lobby

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Environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have enormous influence in the European Union. However, some of the most vocal green groups are actually funded directly by the EU to lobby it. The EU funds many NGOs operating in Brussels whose main purpose is to influence EU policy-making and implementation.

This report analyses one programme of funding, in which DG Environment (the division of the European Commission responsible for environmental affairs) distributed over 766 million to environmental NGOs between 1998–2009.

Specifically, we examine funds allocated to the Green 10 – a coalition of ten NGOs pushing for an “environmental” agenda in EU policy-making.


“Injecting Optimism” in the UK – How DfID has wasted millions on the Development Awareness Fund –

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Budgetary projections foresee hundreds of millions of pounds from the “foreign aid” budget being spent on convincing British people to support the government’s work. As the budgets expand, it is more necessary than ever to examine and question DfID’s “development awareness” work.