Time for a DfiD diet?

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Mahoney, Daniel; Knox, Tim
Centre for Policy Studies
Date of publication
19 January 2017
Legislation, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This report on the work of the Department for International Development notes that the link between growing free trade and reduced poverty in the developing world is well established. The authors argue, however, that the evidence for a link between overseas aid programmes and poverty reduction is unclear, and that officials from DfiD have been reluctant to deal with issues of fraud and leakage because it may be politically difficult. They suggest that Brexit will release the UK from the imposition of spending 0.7% of GNI on aid, with little influence on how the £1.4 billion which the EU receives annually from the UK in aid cash is spent. They conclude  that while the Government’s push for more robust scrutiny of aid and for greater moves towards a more mutually beneficial overseas aid policy is welcome, it is also time for the Government to review the International Development Act that enshrines the 0.7% target in law.

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