Cowbrough: DfID Should Check Priorities

Communications consultant Craig Cowbrough said the U.K.’s aid agency should check on its priorities as it has been allocating chunks of its USD13.6 billion foreign aid budget to wealthy economies such as China and India and strategic defense ally Pakistan.

Cowbrough, who had worked on development projects in Africa and Central America, noted that the Department for International Development might be spreading its resources too thin on too many countries, including richer nations that could do away with foreign aid.

“A realignment of development spending priorities to focus on need rather than advancing political influence must be examined if there is to be long-lasting improvement to the prospects of the world’s poorest people,” Cowbrough said in a commentary on The Herald.

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    Tarra Quismundo joined Devex Manila as a staff writer in October 2009 after more than six years of working as a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nationwide daily, for which she covered major breaking news in politics, military, police and international affairs. Tarra's Devex News coverage focuses on key Asian donors and top aid officials around the globe.