Monday, July 13, 2009
Conservatives Outline New Approach to Aid
David Cameron and Andrew Mitchell launched a new policy paper on international aid this morning. You can read the detail HERE. The video released at the same time emphasises a rewards based policy, which most people will support.
There is much to commend the policy paper, but there are two points I would make. Firstly, in times of economic crisis all departmental budgets must come under scrutiny and international aid should be no different. We all know there is massive wastage on some of the projects supported by Dfid and this must be rooted out.
Secondly, I refuse to believe that Britain should be sending aid to a country like China - not because it is Communist controlled (although that's good enough reason in itself), but because China is quite rich enough to look after its own people. Aid should go where it is needed, not to China. I hope a Conservative government will grasp this nettle and concentrate its aid efforts on African countries who need it most.
UPDATE: Tim Montgomerie has left a comment saying that Andrew Mitchell has said that aid to China will indeed stop. Hurrah!