Apr 12, 2011, 2:55 PM
British Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell on Tuesday announced major changes to the nation’s international aid programme based on a nine-month review of the agency’s policies, Reuters reported.
"This government is taking a radically different approach to aid. We want to be judged on our results, not on how much money we are spending," Mitchell said of the changes to the aid programme.
The government plans on cutting funds for 16 countries and four U.N. agencies, allowing it to focus future efforts on "27 poor, conflict-ridden or 'fragile' states, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Zimbabwe."
Aid will be phased out by 2016 "to 16 countries considered no longer to need it, including
"The plans to redraw the aid map will concentrate efforts on countries where U.K. aid will, pound for pound, achieve the best results in fighting poverty and building a safer world, and where Britain is in the best position to deliver results," the press release states.
The new strategy aims to provide access to family planning for an additional 10 million women worldwide, prevent the deaths of 250,000 infants and 50,000 women during pregnancy and childbirth, vaccinate millions of children, and improve access to safe drinking water, according to the release.
The release adds that the
The new approach puts "four poor performers, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), on 'special measures', insisting they take urgent measures to improve their effectiveness," the DfID release noted.