THE increased use of privateers to fulfil foreign aid programmes was scrutinised yesterday by a committee of MPs.
Department for International Development (DfID) representatives were questioned by the departmental select committee on why aid funding doled out to contractors had grown to 13 per cent last year.
The panel also questioned the “abdication of responsibility” in having contractors work in “fragile” countries where DfID is not willing to. DfID director Joy Hutcheon said: “Contracting is an exercise in transferring risk.”
Global Justice Now aid campaigner Aisha Dodwell said: “DfID spends some £1.4 billion through contractors annually, with most of it going to just 11 suppliers — none of whom are from a developing country. Most of them are self-styled ‘experts’ on international development.
“This results in a perverse situation whereby an ever-increasing amount of the aid budget never actually enters a developing country at all.”