British Aid for Slum Areas Must be Increased, Report Suggests

The U.K. Department for International Development should design an urban poverty strategy that will channel more aid to improve the living conditions in slum areas of the developing world, according to a report published by the Commons International Development Committee as reported by

. "We are not convinced that DFID is doing enough to help developing countries, and particularly African countries, to address the specific challenges of urban poverty, which include access to basic services such as housing, health, education, transport, employment and water and sanitation," said Malcolm Bruce, the committee's chairman.

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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.