Department for International Development Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock also commented on the freeze, saying that the U.K. government hopes to reinstate funding swiftly — but under certain conditions.
“We hope the freeze will not last long. We want the stolen money returned. We think it is important that administrative and criminal sanctions are taken against perpetrators,” Lowcock said, noting that aid can only be provided where “conditions are conducive” and funds are rightfully used.
Frozen budget support comprises only 10 percent of U.K. aid to Uganda this year. DfID programs in areas such as trade, malaria, family planning and social protection have not been affected by the freeze.
In his speech, Lowcock also shared his thoughts on ways aid and development agencies could tailor their programs to meet the needs of an increasingly economically robust Africa.
Development agencies should clarify what their role is in Africa and where their assistance should be focused.
Development agencies ‘need to offer genuine value’ and should be more responsive and flexible to each country’s needs.
Development agencies need to stay abreast of changing development challenges and adjust their focus accordingly.
Development agencies ‘need to sustain and increase aid.’
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