1 Mar 2011

Britain takes knife to overseas aid

9:48 pm on 1 March 2011

Britain is cutting funding to some international aid organisations and will put some others on notice that they risk losing funding if they do not improve their performance.

In a big shake-up of its NZ$14 billion aid budget, Britain will also stop giving aid to more than a dozen countries.

Officials say Whitehall wants to focus its help on the poorest countries and what it calls fragile or war-torn states.

Overseas development aid is one of the few areas so far spared sharp public spending cuts aimed at curbing Britain's record peacetime budget deficit.