Poms suspend millions of aid payments to ‘Palestine’ amid claims cash is handed to terrorists

I wonder how much aid New Zealand pays to ‘Palestine’?

BRITAIN is suspending millions of pounds-worth of aid payments to the Palestinian Authority amid staggering claims taxpayers cash is ending up in the hands of terrorists.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel has ordered a freeze pending an investigation.

Earlier this summer furious MPs demanded action after revelations UK aid supposedly paying for civil servants in Gaza was being transferred to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

One Hamas master bomber was alleged to have been given ?100,000 by the PLO.

Other ?salaries? is said to have gone to families of suicide bombers and teenagers attacking Israel.

Dfid has previously admitted the PLO makes ?social welfare? provisions for prisoners? families but ruled out the idea UK cash is being diverted in this way.

Government sources yesterday conceded that many of the civil servants were doing other jobs while pocketing UK taxpayers? cash.

The decision by the Department for International Development means ?25 million in cash is being withheld this year ? a third of the total aid sent to Palestine. The majority goes to charities in the region.

This matches the issues World Vision has had with aid money funding terrorism.

There does seem to be an endemic problem of aid monies being absconded with to fund terrorism. Best solution would be to wind it up and see what happens.


– The Sun


For some reason that’s beyond me, this government doesn’t care for Fijians

The death toll in Fiji is now thought to be as high as 10, after Cyclone Winston struck the country over the weekend.

The director of Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office, Akapusi Tuifagalele, says people are in desperate need of assistance, especially in remote areas of the country.

“[They need help to] rebuild their houses if needed and also to vacate the schools, especially the schools that are being used because after one week from tomorrow they will be needed again for our children,” says Mr Tuifagalele.

The island nation declared a state of emergency and a curfew as the Category 5 storm hit made landfall on Saturday.

Wind gusts of high as 325km/h battered the country, in the worst tropical storm in Fiji’s history.

Damage from the cyclone is estimated to be around NZ$154 million.

Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand has given a “small amount of money” as an emergency gesture and will help the country to rebuild.

“Fundamentally there’ll be a clean-up and look, New Zealand will help because we always help in these situations,”

We will help because we always do.? Heartwarming stuff. Read more »

Sanctimonious hypocrite finally admits he was wrong

Paul David Hewson aka Bono Vox has been a sanctimonious hypocrite almost his entire life, certainly since he got fame and wealth and decided to lecture us all.

Well he has finally got a hold of senses and woken up.

He has spent years haranguing governments to increase public spending on aid, claiming it would end world poverty.

But Bono has finally changed his tune, admitting that the way to solving extreme poverty is through trade rather than aid.

In a remarkable turnaround, the rock star has told business leaders it is the private sector that holds the key.

The U2 singer, whose real name is Paul Hewson, was instrumental in persuading politicians including David Cameron to pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of the country’s income on aid.

But speaking at a UN aid conference in New York, Bono acknowledged that the private sector has a bigger role to play in development than governments.

Addressing business leaders, he said: ‘I’m late to realising that it’s you guys, it’s the private sector, it’s commerce that’s going to take the majority of people out of extreme poverty. And, as an activist, I almost found that hard to say.’ ? Read more »


Should we fund Team New Zealand, or would the money be better used in Vanuatu? #cyclonepam


The Volvo Ocean got postponed because of Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu got devastated because of Cyclone Pam.

Team New Zealand wants $35 million to fund a yacht race for millionaires.

Does Team NZ really need that money or do the impoverished and homeless people of Vanuatu need it more.

I say we tell Team NZ that their state funded fun and games are over, we have more pressing need for the funds.

We don’t need a new flag, Northland doesn’t need new bridges and Team New Zealand can get stuffed.

Look at that, we just raised more than $100 million for Vanuatu with some sensible costs prioritisation. Read more »

A reader emails about Oxfam, wealth and welfarism

Yesterday’s article about the wonky Oxfam claims about wealth and income inequality prompted a reader and commenter to email his thoughts.

Hi Whaleoil Team,

Just some thoughts on the Oxfam article.

This latest effort from Oxfam got me thinking about big picture Social Welfarism. For example we know in New Zealand that our (Social welfare) hand up became a hand out and in short order we had inter-generational welfare recipients in the same family/households.

The lesson they had learned was that personal actions carried little or no consequence and the taxpayer would pick up the tab and pay for their housing, food, raising their kids, schooling etc.

I know that the National Government’s drive over recent years to target the recidivists among them is starting to pay dividends in forcing them to work and take care of their kids or else.

Taking that lesson out to a macro level, I wonder about the “aid” that goes to the islands in the Pacific and third world/developing countries and if it actually does any real good?

Not in terms of saving immediate lives etc. And I’m not talking about the emergency type stuff where cyclones come through and flatten everything. To me, this is where you should be helping out your neighbors and mates. ? Read more »


Poverty Barons

If we scratched the surface of the aid industry in New Zealand I would bet we find our very own “poverty barons“:

Britain’s swelling overseas aid budget has created a new group of ?poverty barons? paying themselves up to ?2 million a year for their work helping the disadvantaged.

The Department for International Development (DFID) paid almost ?500million last year to consultants, mostly British, many of whom earn six, even seven-figure incomes, courtesy of the taxpayer.

DFID also funds dozens of foreign consultancy firms. It is paying ?6million to the University of Cape Town to investigate mental health issues in southern Africa and millions of pounds to US-based organisations, including the Clinton Foundation, the International Food Policy Research Institute and Family Health Inter-national.

It is paying a Washington-based group, Search for Common Ground, ?3.9million to ?support the electoral cycle in Sierra Leone?. Consultancy firms in India and Uganda are also receiving large sums.

DFID spent more than ?20million last year on hotels, including many five-star ones. Next month it will open a 40,000 sq ft Indian branch office in Delhi with 18 meeting rooms and 280 desks ? even though the then International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, said last year DFID would not be in India for ?very much longer?. The furniture bill for the outpost comes to almost ?400,000.

A Sunday Telegraph investigation shows just how lucrative the aid business can be for the private companies that dominate DFID?s roster.

A good point

? The Telegraph

Lots of Pommy aid goes to India. Who have aircraft carriers, but can’t feed their people. So the Poms are borrowing a Frog aircraft carrier and feeding the Indians?

Not sure how that works:

The Prime Minister was taking part in a phone-in on LBC radio when a caller who identified herself only as “Anna” accused him of sending money abroad which should be spent on treating sick patients in this country.

The Government currently spends ?12 billion on overseas aid, an increase of 37 per cent at a time when most departmental budgets are being cut.

Anna told Mr Cameron that she suffered from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and that a drug she needs is available in Germany but not in Britain.

The 68-year-old from north London, who did not give her full name because she said some of her family members did not know of her condition, had been a full-time carer for her husband, but he was forced to move into a nursing home when she was unable to look after him.

She needs the expensive drug because she had an allergic reaction to the usual medication used for her condition.Mr Cameron said that he would look at Anna’s individual case, but insisted that Britain had a “moral obligation” to abide by its promises on foreign aide. He said: “Breaking promises to the poorest people in the world would not be the right thing to do.”He added that if Third World countries were not given help to feed their poorest people, then the result could be warfare or mass migration, which could affect the United Kingdom.


Why foreign aid is a waste of money

? The Telegraph

Governments are poor at many things, including running the finances of their own countries, why then do we think they know best when it come to foreign aid?

One of the little political battles going on in the background is over the UK’s promise to spend 0.7 per cent of our shrinking GDP on overseas development aid. The truth is that it doesn’t really matter whether we keep that promise ? because the money is virtually irrelevant.

Have a look at this chart (top) from the?World Bank.

Just by eyeballing the chart we can see that FDI, Foreign Direct Investment, is around $500 billion, remittances are $400 billion and rising, portfolio investment (ie, investing in local shares etc) is $200 billion and ODA (Official Development Assistance) is $100 billion.

So this much-vaunted official aid, this stuff taken from our pay packets in tax and sent off via the bureaucracy is less ? adding all donor countries together ? than 10 per cent of the amount that is flowing into those poor countries to drive development.

We can make the obvious points about this ODA. We tend not to think that the Man in Whitehall knows how to develop our own economy, so why do we throw money at him to develop others? Is this some hangover of colonialism? And remember Peter Bauer’s remark that foreign aid is taking money from poor people in rich countries to give it to rich people in poor countries.

What a waste of money

Giving civil servants access to money based on a myth is always fraught with danger:

Nearly ?1.5 billion has been spent tackling man-made climate change by Government department responsible for fighting poverty abroad, it can be revealed.

The Department for International Development (Dfid) has spent the total on projects which they say will either reduce carbon emissions abroad or attempt to deal with the effects of predicted changes in the earth’s climate.

In the past four years Dfid has spent ?900 million on climate change projects with nearly two thirds of that being spent in the past financial year under the Coalition. A further ?533 million has already been committed up to 2013.

The biggest recipients of the climate change aid are India and Indonesia, two countries considered to be rapidly emerging economies.

The disclosures ? made under the Freedom of Information Act ? will raise fresh questions over how foreign aid is spent, and comes after an Indian minister described British aid to the country as “peanuts”, which ministers in London had begged Delhi to continue accepting.

Dfid is one of only two departments not affected by the Government’s austerity drive, with a budget last year of ?8.4 billion.

Perhaps this department should now have austerity measures applied to it.