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  • Monday, August 29, 2005

    £700,000 of British aid to Malawi spent on US workers

    According to this article, from today's Guardian, charities are furious following revelations that a British government department frivolously spent more than £700,000 on hotel bills and meals for American workers in Malawai. That money was meant for those who really needed it, not to make American workers in Malawi more comfortable:

    The BBC inquiry claims that one project funded by the DfID flew in pens and notebooks from Washington, instead of buying them locally. Patrick Watt, of the charity ActionAid, told the programme: "This is another example of aid money not getting down to people who most urgently need to benefit from it. It's phantom aid, when what Malawi needs is real aid." Peter Hardstaff, head of policy of the World Development Movement, said: "The government is spending money on consultants that do not benefit the country.
    And what on earth is our Department for International Development doing paying out for American citizens' expenses. If anyone should pay their expenses it should be the companies they work for in America, not the British government, and ultimately, British tax payers. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts

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