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UK aid spend has helped lift 250 million people out of poverty and helped over 40 million children gain a primary education. And the benefits of this aid spending flow back to Britain. For every $1 of aid spent overseas, the UK saw a $.0.22 increase in exports thereby providing an estimated 12000 extra UK jobs.
For over 10 years Conservative Friends of International Development (CFID) has worked to promote effective international development and Conservative values. We aim to encourage enterprise, opportunity and aspiration for every family, no matter where they live; to foster a UK international development policy that tackles the causes and consequences of absolute poverty; and to encourage our members to speak out about the value delivered to Britain by effective aid, free trade and conflict prevention.
As Conservatives, we believe in value for money and for the taxpayer. This means we are also committed to ensuring robust mechanisms are in place for proper scrutiny and oversight of how UK tax-payers money is being spent overseas.
Founded by Anne Jenkin, Matt Warman, Andrew Palmer and Simon Nayyar, CFID launched at the 2011 Conservative Party Conference. Since then we’ve organised a series of debates, receptions, and networking events. Speakers have included Bill Gates, Richard Curtis, Michael Howard, John Humphrys, Bob Geldof, and incumbent Secretaries of State for DfID.
CFID volunteers and activists have organized capacity building programmes for a wide range of social and business action projects not only across Africa and Asia but also in the UK
Supporters of CFID also participate in policy discussions, gain access to exclusive networking opportunities with leaders in international development, and help curate research to support the UK government in the implementation of its international development manifesto commitments.
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