Aid Transparency in Labour and Conservative Manifestos

The Labour Party’s election manifesto was launched yesterday, and the Conservatives’ today. Find below the sections of the manifestos which address aid transparency, with bolding added.

The Conservative Party Manifesto: from section entitled ‘One World Conservativism’

"We will honour our commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of national income in aid, and ensure our aid is transparent and properly targeted. We will spend at least £500 million a year to tackle malaria. Both the British people and those who receive aid will get more control over how it is spent. We will push for a trade deal which brings growth to the poorest countries, helps those countries adapt to climate change, and puts in place the building blocks of wealth creation." p117

"We will be completely transparent about the cost and performance of DFID programmes by independently evaluating programmes and by introducing, where appropriate, payment by results." p117

"We will ensure British aid money is properly spent by publishing full details of British aid on the DFID website. This will include spending data on a project-by-project basis, published in an open and standardised format so that it can be used by third party websites. In addition, we will work to bring about improved transparency of aid spending by other development organisations." p118

Read the Conservative manifesto here.

The Labour Party Manifesto: p. 10.6, from section entitled ‘A global future – The global poverty emergency: our moral duty, our common interest’

"We will lead an international campaign to get the Millennium Development Goals back on track. We remain committed to spending 0.7 per cent of national income on aid from 2013, and we will enshrine this commitment in law early in the next Parliament. Our aid will target the poorest and most excluded – spent transparently and evaluated independently. We will fight corruption, investing more to track, freeze, and recover assets stolen from developing countries."

Read the Labour manifesto here.

 

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