Global Justice Now’s new report: Re-imagining UK aid’
The key points are:
- We urgently need to reposition aid spending away from ‘free market’ models
- UK aid current strategy is accused of ‘benefitting corporations rather than communities’
- Aid must be re-focused on principles of social justice and the need to redistribute economic and political power in the world.
‘Re-imagining UK aid: What a progressive strategy could look like’ argues that “aid spending has been driven by notions of charity, national self-interest, and an ideological belief that free markets and multinational business can solve the world’s problems,” and lays out eight areas where aid money could be used to achieve long-term, structural, progressive change.
The eight areas are:
* Strengthening public services: Health and education
* Creating sustainable economies: Tax justice
* Building a democratic economy: Public-public partnerships
* Enabling governments to stand on their own feet: Budget support
* Sparking a renaissance in farming: Food sovereignty
* Tackling root causes of injustice: Gender inequality
* Helping citizens live a life of dignity: Cash transfers
* Creating new international institutions: Multilateral spending
Aisha Dodwell, campaigner at Global Justice Now and co-author of the report said: “The direction of the UK’s current aid strategy seems to be increasingly about using aid money to benefit corporations rather than communities. Promoting free-market reforms and subsidising the private sector not only ignores the fact that development should be about rights, equality and empowerment, it also ignores decades of lived experience about the best economic strategy for a developing economy.