Boris Johnson’s government is rumoured to want to shake up the way Britain delivers official development assistance — colloquially known as foreign aid. It has been reported that he wants to turn the Department for International Development into an agency inside the Foreign Office to ensure better strategic direction over where the money is spent.
This proposal makes sense. Britain has delivered £100 billion in official development assistance since 2010, with a further £14 billion earmarked for 2020. For comparison, only £2 billion will be provided to local councils to prevent rough sleeping on Britain’s streets — a problem that has increased by 165 per cent since 2010.
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