U.K.’s cash transfer programs are assailed and lauded, all in one week
January 4, 2017
LONDON — After a Conservative MP said that the U.K. Department for International Development’s (DFID) cash transfer projects in Pakistan are “exporting the dole,” Prime Minister Theresa May staunchly defended Britain’s foreign aid commitments and reaffirmed the effectiveness of cash transfers programs.
Following claims by Conservative MP Nigel Evans this week at a development committee meeting, the Daily Mail ran a story strongly criticizing these projects. The paper, picturing poverty-stricken Pakistanis queuing outside an ATM in Peshawar, claimed that more than £1 billion in British foreign aid had been “given away in cash” over the last four years. It also claimed that DFID’s cash projects promote corruption.