Alan Duncan: Giving to Conflict States Requires Careful Approach

careful, case-by-case approach is necessary when delivering assistance in countries afflicted by violence, insurgency and corruption, according to U.K Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan.

Duncan was speaking at the sidelines of a meeting with officials of the United Arab Emirates. The two parties discussed how to best coordinate aid efforts in Pakistan and Yemen, where governments embroiled in conflict with rebels or militants, The National reports.

“We’re very careful not to give direct budget support to governments we don’t trust with the money,” the newspaper quotes Duncan, who added that the U.K. is “very, very careful” in Pakistan.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.