Jamaica and the developing world could soon have to compromise their integrity in order to get aid from the United Kingdom, as the government changes its priorities and takes control of the aid budget away from an independent body and gives it to the Foreign Office.
This, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he would create a “super-department” and call it the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office.
However, in order to achieve this, he is moving the Department for International Development (DfID) back into the Foreign Office, after two decades of operating independently.
Effectively, the move is to tie aid to security and diplomatic aims, aid organisations have said.
In announsing the move in the House of Commons, Johnson stated clearly that it is the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, who would in future make the decision about which country gets aid, stating that “for far too long, frankly, UK Overseas aid has been treated like a giant cashpoint in the sky, that arrives without any reference to UK interests.”
Three former prime ministers – Dave Cameron, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair – have spoken against the plan. Cameron said it would mean less respect for the UK overseas.