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Sunday Telegraph report: clarification

September 26 2012 - On 23 September 2012, the Sunday Telegraph, in an article critical of aid funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), quoted Christian Aid’s senior political adviser, Sol Oyuela, as follows: 'But even moderate voices, such as Christian Aid’s senior political adviser, Sol Oyuela, now say that "the focus in DFID has shifted too much towards aid and away from development in recent years."' 
 
The article went on to quote from a Christian Aid press release earlier in the month, saying: 'That is why Christian Aid's director, Loretta Minghella, this month called on DFID to "implement a credible exit strategy from aid."

'From Minghella, that means something rather different and longer-term than it would mean for, say, Lord Ashcroft. But for a Top Five British development charity that is receiving almost £100 million from the British aid budget over an eight-year period, it is an extremely bold statement.'

The following week, at our request, the following letter from Loretta Minghella clarifying Christian Aid’s position was carried in the newspaper.

'The context of our call for an exit strategy from aid is that we believe the government should make more effort to help poor countries become economically self-reliant.

'A first step would be to curtail tax evasion by multinationals, which we estimate costs developing countries almost £100 billion a year.

'Commercial enterprises trading across borders should reveal the profits and taxes in every country where they operate. The secrecy of tax havens should also be removed.

'A comprehensive exit strategy from aid requires practical and structural solutions that address the causes of poverty and inequality, which will ultimately obviate the need for aid.

'Until then, withdrawing such support would condemn millions to hunger and entrenched poverty.'