Thursday 29 March 2018 / 12:01 AM International Development / Kate Osamor

Kate Osamor comments on the ICAI Review of the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

Kate Osamor MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, commenting on the Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s (ICAI) Review of the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) released today, said:

“This is another kick in the teeth for this controversial and opaque Fund, and reflects wider concerns about how British aid money has been used since 2015 to support security services in over 70 countries, including many with some of the world’s worst human rights records.

“The Commission’s review reveals that in their sample, every human rights assessment resulted in a green light for the proposed activity, without even a single modification to its design. It raises urgent questions for the Government on how it will now ensure that human rights safeguards are taken seriously, and do not serve merely as a rubber stamp.

“On Monday, Labour announced in a new policy paper, ‘A World For The Many, Not The Few’, that we will end aid funding for the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund and replace it with a transparent fund that puts peace and human rights first.”