The proportion of Britain’s £13.4bn aid budget spent by government ministries other than the Department for International Development rose by almost 50% last year, sparking concerns about transparency and poverty reduction.
Roughly a quarter of the aid budget, which met the 0.7% target set by the government, was spent by non-DfID departments, official figures show.
Aid organisations criticised the government’s increasing tendency to channel aid though non-DfID departments as “out of step with transparency and the focus on the poorest countries”.
The aid organisations have a pretty good lock on getting the funds that pass through DfID. They don’t on those which pass through other departments. That’s what’s being complained about, that’s “our £13.4 billion” and it’s not remaining their.