With the Tories sharpening their knives over international development, aid workers have to put their house in order
For at least the past decade there has been a cosy relationship between the government and the leading development charities. Whitehall has ponied up the cash, and charities such as Oxfam have spent it. The government has not asked too many searching questions about how well the money has been spent, and the charities have swallowed any misgivings about government policies.
This bargain – outsourcing on a global scale – has meant there has not been a grownup conversation about aid, even though international development has been the only department to see a meaningful increase in its budget during the austerity years.