On Tuesday, March 1, the U.K. Department for International Development will finally announce the results of its bilateral and multilateral aid reviews, which have been billed as the core basis for overhauling how British aid money is spent.
DfID advisers have been speaking to chief executives of U.K. non-governmental organizations and saying there would be “some surprises,” although agencies are likely to be pleased. Current events, however, could be a wild card in last-minute adjustments to allocations.
Ahead of the unveiling of the reviews’ findings, U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell told Devex: “U.K. money should be spent helping the poorest people in the poorest countries, with every penny making a real difference by giving families the chance of a better future. Country programs which are less effective will be closed or reduced and the savings will be redirected towards those countries where they can make the most difference. I am determined to get value for money across my department’s work and focus on the big issues such as maternal health, fighting malaria, and extending choice to women over whether and when they have children.”
Glenda Cooper is based in London, where she covers U.K. aid reform and the vibrant NGO sector for Devex. Glenda has worked for the Washington Post and several other publications, as well as for Save the Children as the U.K. team's media manager. She has spent a year's fellowship at Oxford University researching the relationship between aid agencies and the media, and has since been pursuing a doctorate examining how new media is changing the reporting of disasters.