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Reaction to Syria aid story

4th Dec 2017

Responding to the story about overseas aid for Syrian police being allegedly diverted to an extremist group, Katy Chakrabortty, Oxfam's Head of Advocacy, said:

"The vast majority of British aid is well spent and is a vital lifeline for the world's poorest people and those caught in conflict and natural disasters. It is far from easy to help people in complex emergencies such as Syria - but often they are where people are in most need.

"However, as the National Audit Office found earlier this year, there are legitimate concerns about the transparency and oversight of the small but growing proportion of UK aid spent by non-DFID departments, including, as in this case, the Foreign Office. The Government should not increase aid spent by other departments further without ensuring that it meets the high standards set by DFID."

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Notes to editors: 

The National Audit Office report Managing the Official Development Assistance target a report on progress is available here.