This video about Congo says about itself:
By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:
Britain ‘spends Africa aid on big business’
Tuesday 11 December 2012
The British government is spending millions of pounds promoting the interests of multinationals in Africa instead of fighting poverty, charity War on Want claimed today.
It also accuses the Department for International Development (DFID) of undermining efforts to combat poverty by increasing corporate power over local agriculture and supporting land grabs in Kenya, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.
It further argues that the government’s policy will increase hunger levels in Africa, already up from 175 million to 239 million in two decades, citing UN figures.
In a new report published today the charity also criticised close personal connections between the British government and multinational companies.
DFID’s director of policy Nick Dyer started his career with Unilever, while the firm’s external affairs director for Africa Douglas Brew was previously Africa regional manager for DFID.
The report also exposed DFID’s support for a complex network of companies and investment funds registered in Mauritius, one of Africa’s foremost tax havens.
The revelation comes at a time when senior government officials are pledging to crack down on corporate tax avoidance in response to the public outcry over avoidance by firms such as Starbucks, Amazon and Google.
War on Want executive director John Hilary said: “DFID is channelling more and more UK aid to multinational food companies seeking to take over land and agriculture in Africa.
“Yet the expansion of corporate control over farming will increase vulnerability among the world’s poorest communities, deepening poverty and hunger for years to come.
“DFID should be using the aid budget to support small-scale farming in Africa, not boosting the profits of big business.”
The African People’s Land Grab Declaration: here.
- More UK aid channelled via investment funds in tax haven of Mauritius (guardian.co.uk)
- Aid for Diageo? UK’s private-sector emphasis comes under scrutiny | Felicity Lawrence (guardian.co.uk)
- Exclusive: Ministers rebuff Tony Blair over funding for Africa charity (independent.co.uk)
- Biofuel project funded by UK ‘leaves Africans without food’ (independent.co.uk)
- CDC used tax havens for almost 50% of aid investments, data reveals (theguardian.com)
- Tony Blair ‘asked for Government aid’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- How Britain’s foreign aid spending sped off track (telegraph.co.uk)