Category Archives: Department for International Development (DfID)

'A national disgrace': fury over £100m aid deal between UK and Saudi Arabia

Unveiling of plan to create infrastructure in poor countries overshadowed by unease over Saudi role in Yemen conflict

The announcement of a controversial aid deal between the UK and Saudi Arabia has been branded a “national disgrace”.

Amid further outcry over Britain’s relationship with the Gulf state, government ministers have signed a £100m aid agreement with Riyadh to coincide with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to London this week.

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UN staff say they were urged to support official accused of sexual misconduct

Employees claim they were implored to sign letter vouching for senior UNAids figure, amid calls for the UK government to establish an independent inquiry into harassment allegations

Staff within a UN agency say they are being approached at their desks and asked to sign a letter in support of a senior official at the centre of a recent sexual harassment and assault investigation.

The letter asks employees to testify that Luiz Loures, deputy executive director of UNAids, behaves respectfully and is committed to advancing women’s rights.

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UK aid package to drought-hit Kenya to end in 2024

Kenyan government to take control of cash transfer scheme hailed as a success by minister

British funding of a 10-year-old aid package to drought-hit communities in Kenya is to end in 2024 as part of a new economic partnership with the country, the international development secretary has told the Guardian.

The £143m programme, which has helped 600,000 vulnerable people in emergencies via direct cash transfers – a system criticised by some Conservatives as the equivalent of exporting the dole – is the first UK aid project of its kind which will be wholly taken over by a government in Africa.

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Princess Diana’s landmine crusade to get £400,000 boost

International development secretary pledges extra UK aid to help eradicate ‘hidden, indiscriminate killer’

The campaign by Diana, Princess of Wales, to clear landmines is to be boosted by extra British aid funding, the international development secretary has announced.

Penny Mordaunt pledged to match money the British public donated to the Mine Advisory Group’s (MAG) Christmas appeal, in addition to £100m announced at an event with Prince Harry this year.

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