World Bank President Kim, Aid Groups Warn U.K. Prime Minister About Cutting Nation’s Aid Budget

The Guardian: World Bank chief echoes Bill Gates’s warning to Theresa May on aid
“The president of the World Bank has told Theresa May that cutting the U.K.’s aid budget could lead to an increase in conflict, terrorism, and migration and would damage Britain’s international reputation. In a strongly worded response to reports that the government was considering dropping its commitment to devote 0.7 percent of national income to aid each year, Jim Yong Kim said the money the U.K. provided was vital not just for developing countries but for the future of the world…” (Elliot/McVeigh, 4/20).

The Guardian: Cutting aid while leaving E.U. will make Britain more insular, May warned
“The U.K. risks becoming increasingly inward-looking if Brexit is combined with reduced overseas spending, aid groups have warned. Since calling the election on Tuesday, Theresa May, the prime minister, has refused to recommit to a legal requirement to spend 0.7 percent of gross national income (GNI) on aid, fueling fears that it may be dropped in the Tory party’s election manifesto…” (McVeigh, 4/20).

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