U.K. foreign aid programs in more than 40 countries are under threat of funding cuts as the country plans to increase its development assistance to Afghanistan.
Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell announced July 18 that the U.K. will increase its aid to Afghanistan by 40 percent. The aid increase will be financed by cuts to several U.K. foreign aid programs that will be deemed underperforming in a review of U.K. aid by the Department for International Development, according to news reports.
Countries expected to experience funding cuts include Russia and China, according to the Observer. The review is also looking at cutting or ending U.K. assistance to several South American and Eastern European countries, the newspaper adds.
The Observer notes that the number of countries benefiting from U.K. bilateral aid may be halved to under 50 as a result of the review.