It’s nice to be rich enough to not need aid.

The Department for International Development says the biggest regional beneficiary is Africa, which received a total of £2.54bn from the UK last year.

Nigeria was one of the largest recipients of aid from the UK, with £263m given.
Critics of Nigeria's leadership say it is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
Lets just offer training and education instead
No Money
DfiD doesn't give money to governments. The money is dispensed to local groups as close as to the coalface as possible. Now that can be to NGOs or companies contracted to deliver programmes. Not perfect and money is (probably) hijacked by local n'er do wells.
 
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Given the reported blank refusal of London based doctors at NHS Hospitals that have a major problem with people deliberately flyinging into the UK for free treatment they're not entitled to and refuse to pay for to either only action life saving treatment or charge said patients I suspect medical staff are refusing to action any process that exists to charge for missing appointments. If said staff had their budgets and then their wages docked for refusing to actio charges they'd soon learn.

As a side note I seriously think the Nigerian and any other African country we give any aid to should be presented with the full outstanding bills for all treatment and their aid docked accordingly

There is also evidence that NHS Hospitals fail to cross charge EU countries whose citizens are treated at our cost. That needs to be ended.
I'm based overseas with HMG but have to return to the UK regularly for specialist treatment at the Royal Free or UCHL. The waiting areas at the Royal Free reminds me of Transit Lounges at Dubai (in terms of the users), with patients complete with plastic-wrapped luggage - clearly just having arrived from the airport. Now I doubt many of them are in the same situation as me and it does make my liberal blood boil given the waiting time for specialist appointments.

But I wonder if there's wider corruption within the NHS? To get a specialist appointment you need a hospital number and a referral from a GP. And you need an NHS number to get that far. Are there corrupt admissions staff and/or GPs? I wonder if the losses are much greater than the NHS admits or even knows? Because these patients would appear on the system to be legitimate and entitled patients. But there's also a "whatever" approach by some of the staff. If, on the odd occasion I have to give my foreign address, there's not a scintilla of concern about my entitlements. My treatment for a lysosomal disorder is iro £250 000 pa.

As an aside, as I was checking in to fly to post just before Christmas at Manchester, ahead of me in the Business Class queue there was an elderly Iranian chap (I recognised the passport), heavily bandaged and in a clearly requisitioned NHS wheelchair. But what was of equal concern was the two minders who were helping him check in and constantly on their phones speaking Turkish and Arabic - and English of course. They didn't treat him like family, but as a piece of baggage and spoke to him in English - not Farsi. It makes me wonder if this health tourism isn't an organised criminal enterprise.

Edited to add: Saw this in the DM (I know...) but it seems to validate what I've seen:

Health tourist racks up Britain's biggest unpaid NHS bill | Daily Mail Online
 
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55% of Pakistan's GDP spent on defense? In the absence of any real existential threat? That kind of backs up what an Indian fella was telling me recently, that while India is making good headway in rolling out infrastructure and services to more and more of their citizens, Pakistan simply doesn't. They're all about military posturing. So I'm sure any wodges of cash Pakistan can extract in the form of foreign aid would go toward just keeping the lights on.
There's a good book that came out about 10 years ago called Pakistan Inc. It's about the role of the Army in Pakistan, and their fingers that are in every pie - running factories, hospitals, airports and the like. But I also know two very fine Pakistani officers who I attended a foreign staff college with. Very much pro-British and Old School in their manners and professionalism. One has just retired as. Brigadier; the other is a Colonel Commanding an infantry regiment in FATA. He's lost a lot of men fighting insurgents in what is basically the foot hills of the Himalaya ranges.
 
If you give a poor man a meal you will need to feed him again tomorrow but if you give him internet access he won't bother you again for a year.
I prefer Pratchett's version, along the lines of:

"If you allow a man to sit by your fire you'll warm him till it burns out. If you set fire to him, he'll be warm for the rest of his life".
 
I'm based overseas with HMG but have to return to the UK regularly for specialist treatment at the Royal Free or UCHL. The waiting areas at the Royal Free reminds me of Transit Lounges at Dubai (in terms of the users), with patients complete with plastic-wrapped luggage - clearly just having arrived from the airport. Now I doubt many of them are in the same situation as me and it does make my liberal blood boil given the waiting time for specialist appointments.

But I wonder if there's wider corruption within the NHS? To get a specialist appointment you need a hospital number and a referral from a GP. And you need an NHS number to get that far. Are there corrupt admissions staff and/or GPs? I wonder if the losses are much greater than the NHS admits or even knows? Because these patients would appear on the system to be legitimate and entitled patients. But there's also a "whatever" approach by some of the staff. If, on the odd occasion I have to give my foreign address, there's not a scintilla of concern about my entitlements. My treatment for a lysosomal disorder is iro £250 000 pa.

As an aside, as I was checking in to fly to post just before Christmas at Manchester, ahead of me in the Business Class queue there was an elderly Iranian chap (I recognised the passport), heavily bandaged and in a clearly requisitioned NHS wheelchair. But what was of equal concern was the two minders who were helping him check in and constantly on their phones speaking Turkish and Arabic - and English of course. They didn't treat him like family, but as a piece of baggage and spoke to him in English - not Farsi. It makes me wonder if this health tourism isn't an organised criminal enterprise.

Edited to add: Saw this in the DM (I know...) but it seems to validate what I've seen:

Health tourist racks up Britain's biggest unpaid NHS bill | Daily Mail Online
I have a mate whose mother is from FYR
She nips back home on visits and occasionally gets things done like a bit for dental work which is cheaper over there
More likely than not she returns with a family member invariably older who has the summer as guest of the NHS.
I assume the cost of a low budget airline ticket back and forth is far cheaper than the medical care
 
It can be see that the Government is aware of public anger at the scale of foreign aid, and where it is being spent, by todays comment of the new minister in charge.
Poorer countries must 'put their hands in their pockets': UK warns of cuts to aid

The minute she did however she came under immediate criticism.
Minister criticised for promising to spend UK foreign aid in 'the national interest' rather than focusing on the world's poorest people

There are those who would have the UK 'eradicate poverty' by handouts. The money would of course have to come from the rich.

There are certain people who just love spending other people money, hate the rich and would like nothing better than 'taxing them until the pips squeak’, and, throwing open the gates of this country open and allowing the third world in, to' rub the noses of the ‘............s’ in this country in diversity’.

Which is exactly what they did, and in part why the social services in this country are so overloaded... and, why people are wondering why we spend so much abroad when we have creaking services here.
 
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