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Labour would shift focus of development aid to fewer countries, says Lisa Nandy

Labour would shift focus of development aid to fewer countries, says Lisa Nandy

Labour would shift focus of development aid to fewer countries, says Lisa Nandy
Mar 03, 2024 43 secs

A future Labour government would reduce the number of foreign countries that receive development aid, Lisa Nandy has said, arguing money should go to the poorest states, not middle-income ones.

The shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, is understood to be engaged in the discussions, with a view to getting value for money from Britain’s aid spend.

It’s depleting badly needed resources, and it undermines our reputation in every corner of the globe as a long-term reliable partner.”

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Labour is likely to come under particular pressure from NGOs, including Save the Children and Oxfam, to restore the aid budget back to 0.7% of national income.

Charities were among those who last year described UK aid cuts as a “death sentence” for children in the world’s most dangerous places.

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