The International Development Select Committee has recommended that the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) make greater use of local organisations. Its report on UK aid for 2011/12 says:
The report on DfID’s accounts notes that the proportion of the UK aid budget going to large international organisations is increasing. These large organisations, however, can sometimes offer poor value for money. The Select Committee is encouraging DfID to look at the way it works with local organisations and make the most of what they offer:
In 2013 DfID’s budget will increase to from 0.56% of UK GDP to 0.7% – its biggest ever increase. The Select Committee wants to ensure this aid is spent well and is effective. The Select Committee is the group of MPs in Parliament scrutinising the work of DfID
Peace Direct welcomes the Committee’s recommendations. We believe that local organisations are too often overlooked and their contributions to peace and development missed. We have recently launched the Local First campaign to show the value of local organisations.