Alex Morton: Patel’s best possible aid policy – access to universal contraception
Priti Patel is making, as you might expect from a rising star, excellent noises about making overseas aid more efficient and more effective. But so did Justine Greening and so did Andrew Mitchell. But little changes, because such a policy is an abstract, and impossible policy to implement.
Efficiency and effectiveness should be a prequisite for spending. But it won’t work for embedded structural and political realities. We know that multilateral aid is less effective but, in the Brexit era, it will keep flowing because we cannot afford to be isolationist.