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Muslim Aid has welcomed the review of Britain's international assistance announced by the International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell in Parliament yesterday. Welcoming the statement, a spokesperson for Muslim Aid said: "We welcome the Government's decision to increase development assistance to fragile and conflict-affected countries and those under-performing in the MDGs. It is a reflection of Britain's results-based approach to providing development assistance where it is needed most.
Muslim Aid appreciates that some developing countries and multilateral agencies will see a fall in their funding. However, it is important to address instability and abject poverty in fragile countries as a matter of priority. We live in an increasingly interdependent world where peace and security depend on progress of all countries."
The spokesperson further added: "Muslim Aid hopes that the new aid regime will place a high bar on institutional anti-corruption measures in recipient countries. We also hope that the Department for International Development will actively involve non-governmental organisations working with local populations in conflict areas to manage development assistance instead of relying solely on traditional bilateral channels."
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