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UK on track to meet aid commitment

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD)Development Assistance Committee today published its annual report on donor countries aid to developing countries and multilateral organisations.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD)Development Assistance Committee today published its annual report on donor countries aid to developing countries and multilateral organisations.

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said:

“We are proud that the UK is on track to meet our commitment to spend 0.7% of our Gross National Income on aid from 2013. We won’t balance the budget on the backs of the world’s poorest people, nor will we stand by as a billion or more people eke out an existence on less than a dollar a day. 

“The UK has led the way and continues to urge others to stand by their commitments. We will continue to press the importance of this with EU leaders at the European Council.

“Increasing the aid budget imposes a double duty on the UK Government, to maximise impact and ensure every penny is well spent. We are increasing transparency by publishing all details of our funding and we have established a new independent aid watchdog to monitor our spending. We are also focussing our aid on the poorest parts of the world and on the important issues such as eradicating malaria.”