Security should have “absolutely” nothing do with the U.K. foreign aid budget, a student from the University of York says.
A leaked document indicates the U.K. government’s plans to tie development projects to national security interests.
British aid should target people with the “most need and deprivation,” according to Tom Fisher, deputy politics editor of Nouse, the university’s student website.
“This leak demonstrates exactly the kind of self-interested, politically motivated aid that is wasteful and tarnishes the reputation of aid donors,” Fisher writes in Nouse.
He adds: “Aid should be a bottom-up process of aiding individuals and communities; but I fear this new approach will mean funding is channeled high up into central governments. [The Department for International Development] should be proving aid is being allocated on a basis of effective help for people and in a transparent manner rather than wasting time on this vague objective.”