Scottish Executive Aid Programme Has High Admin Costs

According to Nyasa Times:

Nearly a third of the £2m spent on Scotland’s Malawi programme has gone on running costs, rather than helping those in need, BBC Scotland has found.

The amount is about five times the running costs for similar work carried out by a Westminster department [DFID].

The details followed a BBC request under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Scottish Executive insisted value for money was still being provided and said that costs were likely to be higher at the beginning of the project.

Published by Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and

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