Aid transparency is UK's top priority

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Nov 27 2012, 08:09:00

Transparency is crucial to drive improvements in the way development co-operation is delivered globally

I have said many times since taking office in September that I want Britain and our development budget to be a real force for good in the world. Next year, for the first time ever, the government will meet the target for 0.7% of the UK's gross national income to be spent on development.

But with this commitment comes a huge responsibility to ensure the money is spent wisely. We have a duty to ensure British taxpayers can see how funds are being used. This means continuing the drive for value for money, transparency and results started by my predecessor Andrew Mitchell.

In the past two years DfID has changed the way it approaches development, reviewing every country's aid programme, as well as multilateral bodies like the UN, to target what offers best value. Direct funding has been refocussed on 28 countries, down from 43, including ending our aid programmes to China and Russia and I recently announced an end to any financial grants to India. We have also stopped funding multilateral bodies that didn't deliver good value for money.

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