The prospects for those affected by famine in the Horn of Africa are bleak. Britain is leading the way with foreign aid; other countries and their relief agencies are sitting on their hands. We must ensure the aid gets to those who need it, writes Harry Raffal.
The humanitarian crisis is worsening in the Horn of Africa after the worst drought in Africa in half a century. On the 20th of July the UN officially declared famine in two southern Somalia regions stating that “Given the combination of severity and geographic scope this Continue reading
With all the media smothering us in the phone-hacking scandal, other stories are being under-reported. Harry Raffal casts his eyes about the lower reaches of the newspapers to bring you five stories you may have missed.
With the fallout from the hacking scandal continuing to dominate the news, only briefly broken to inform us that a fat couple from Scotland have won over £160 million on the lottery and that the Beckams have provided a ridiculous name to their daughter (so she won’t be bullied by other celebrity kids), here are the five news stories you may have missed if you were busy fretting over who was going to win the apprentice.
One: The decision has been taken to release funds to the Libyan rebel Continue reading
Britain is to become, in the words of International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, a “foreign aid superpower”. The Department for International Development’s (DfID) budget of £7.9 billion is one of a few select areas of government spending being ring-fenced from the coalition’s cuts programme, and David Cameron recently committed to increasing the budget still further.
It is known that a lot of DfID money is misspent, often given to despots without any real oversight (or serving to worsen the situation the aid is trying to repair, as occurred in the case of Ethiopia). However, this cannot and should not obscure the fact that some of it is spent well and, in those instances, it saves lives. Continue reading