Dear Penny Mordaunt: An Open Letter On Foreign Aid
Deputy Editors Note: I interviewed a poor Gambian, for Kipper Central, who ought to benefit from UK foreign aid spending. I would really like to help Omar Sowe and millions of people like him while saving Britain money. I will send the below by email to Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development, asking for overseas aid to be remedied. I would like as many people as possible to support this cause. Please contact me, Marv Hollingworth, or Kipper Central to have your name added to this correspondence.
Dear Penny Mordaunt
I am writing to implore you to radically reform the Government’s foreign aid policy.
Much money disappears into the pockets of corrupt foreign leaders and politicians. The misguided commitment to contribute 0.7% of GNI means donating recklessly to less than worthwhile beneficiaries. Britain gives to countries that are richer than ourselves and have expensive projects such as a national space program.
Meanwhile, intended recipients receive nothing and continue to suffer homelessness, hunger, disease and worse. It is also folly to distribute care packages indefinitely to no great effect. Handouts do not help effectively in the long run. People need training or education to open opportunities.
UKIP’s strategy is to target foreign aid to specific causes, bypassing foreign governments if necessary. Their “trade not aid” approach would empower oversees paupers work themselves out of poverty.
As a Deputy Editor of Kipper Central, I authored this article for which I interviewed Omar Sowe. Omar is a poor 17-year-old adolescent who lives in The Gambia. With no utilities, hardly any food and barely a home, he cares for his 12-year-old sister and their sick elderly grandma.
Omar confirmed the points I have made and gave an African perspective on foreign aid. He does not want to live on handouts, he desires the training and tools to earn a living for himself. He desperately needs to benefit from this type of program.
Sending teams to developing countries to train their inhabitants in a variety of trades would help millions of people. For example, providing seeds, gardening tools and agriculture training would provide them with food. Eventually, they would hopefully be in a position to trade internationally, bringing cash into their impoverished communities. Spending aid money more wisely like this would also allow us to reduce the foreign aid budget, enabling adequate funding at home.
Some suggest that training overseas paupers in this way would lead to those people leaving their countries to live in more prosperous nations, creating a “brain drain” situation in their homelands. The solution to this is simple.
There is no need to train third world tradesmen and tradeswomen up to our usual standards. Their countries are enduring emergency situations – they do not have time for EU health and safety red tape and bureaucracy.
These lower standards, whilst being a vast improvement in the relevant nations, would prevent relatively skilled workers from being eligible to work in the same field in places like Europe, Australia and America.
I have added the names of people who have declared their support for our plea. We beseech you – please rectify your position on overseas aid. Enact UKIP’s ideas and ensure that people like Omar receive the help that they need.
Martin “Marv” Hollingworth,
Deputy Editor Kipper Central
Omar Sowe, The Gambia