26 June 2020
The published '2020 Aid Transparency Index' ('Merger of Dfid and Foreign Office risks lack of transparency over £14bn aid budget' - 24 June 2020) is a clear reminder that if UK Aid is to really benefit people living in poverty and be accountable to UK citizens, we need to know how it is being spent and the difference it is making to people’s lives.
DFID was once again near the top of global rankings for transparency, while aid via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was again worryingly near the bottom.
As UK Aid is spent by more and more departments, the UK government must commit to the highest levels of transparency across the whole portfolio.
To ensure this, it’s critical that the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary maintains the Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) and establishes an Overseas Aid committee in Parliament.
We need to see a levelling up, not a levelling down, in the accountability of UK aid.
This letter first appeared in The Daily Telegraph on 26 June 2020.
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