Following the election, Boris Johnson is thinking of merging the Department for International Development into the Foreign Office.
This move would accelerate the hijacking of the aid budget into a tool for the benefit of British interests, rather than a means of fighting global poverty. It would take us back towards the ‘bad old days’ when aid was tied to contracts with British companies.
Too much development funding already isn’t going where it is most needed. Now even more will be used to promote the privatisation of public services across the world, to grow the UK and City of London’s economic power, and to facilitate sweetheart, post-Brexit trade deals.
This is not development as we know it. The government’s aid plans are an ideologically-driven attempt to spread the logic of the market to every corner of the globe. British financial institutions are not the best placed organisations to judge how development funding should be spent. For “Global Britain” read: Empire 2.0.
Please take action today by signing our petition to oppose the hijacking of the aid budget.