Grant Shapps has claimed that the Department for International Aid hands out cash in 'worrying' way
Grant Shapps said the department had a “profoundly worrying” tendency to “shovel cash out of the door”.
He claimed DfID tried to “spend the cash, regardless of Britain’s other national objectives”.
The Conservative MP, who said he had agonised for a year about whether to go public, also said that inside the department, it was a “badge of honour not to promote British interests or broader ethical concerns” and the department did not regard British interests as “part of its remit”.
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All too often the department's hidden agenda is to shovel cash out of the door
He did praise the good done by British aid, which is 0.7 per cent of Britain’s gross national income (GNI), but said not all the money was being spent wisely.
Speaking in the Sunday Times, Mr Shapps said that although the Foreign Office would be unhappy with the actions of African dictators, DfID would pay cheques of hundreds and millions to the same countries.
For example, he would protest Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, about his ban on BBC services, but then pay millions of pounds to him from the bottomless foreign aid cash pot.
Shapps said that foreign aid empowered African tyrants
He said: “Unsurprisingly, they concluded that Britain did not really mind about these minor abuses of rights. Why else did all this British cash continue to pour in?”
The ex-minister for the department said at times they would throw money at projects simply because they needed to spend the moving target of seven per cent of the GNI.
An example of the fruitless spending was also the grant of £5.2million to the pop group, Yegna, known as the Ethiopian Spice Girls.
Mr Shapps said one of his projects did not go through as it only involved spending “tens of millions of pounds”, saying “progress was painfully slow”.
A DfID spokesman said: “There is no task more urgent than defeating poverty. Helping the poorest with UK aid is the right thing to do, making the world safer, healthier and more prosperous.The prime minister has been clear that, as we exit the EU, Britain will be more, not less outward-looking and engaged on the world stage.”