The decision by the UK Government to slash foreign aid is being widely criticised as penny-pinching.   We believe this misses the point.
Surely the decision is not about saving cash at all, but part of a deliberate strategy to let private donors such as Gates, and corporate-inspired initiatives such as Nutrition for Growth (N4G)  take over – knowing that the humanitarian image will give them  even more power and influence.   At a time when poverty rates, economic disparity, conflicts and hunger are rising,  yet more predatory marketing, short-term medicalised treatment ‘solutions’ and most worryingly, commercial infiltration of the policy-setting space can only make things worse and certainly won’t lead to real sustainable changes.  

See Blog: Why the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) global pledging initiative is a threat to child health – how industry infiltrates the policy space.

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