UK government meets foreign aid target

UK meets pledge to spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid to poorer nations, but this unpopular target is barely mentioned.  According to provisional figures released this week, the UK spent £11.4bn on aid in 2013 – or about £180 per person – a 30.5% jump from 2012 (£8.8bn).  Africa received the largest share of bilateral spending last year, roughly £2.3bn, but Asia saw the largest rise, up more than 50% from 2012 to £1.7bn.


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