By Paul Homewood
h/t Dennis Ambler
Claire Perry was asked about one of her climate funding projects in Parliament this week:
So what is this Capacity Building she is talking about? This is the BEIS press release last month, following the UK/New Zealand Wilton Park Forum on Climate Change and Resilience:
The UK has a longstanding relationship with the Pacific Islands and a shared agenda on Climate Change. During the COP24 summit in Poland last week, Claire Perry launched the UK’s new Capacity Building for international negotiations Programme (CaBIN). The £15.6 million technical assistance programme will increase the capacity of low income and climate vulnerable countries to become leading voices in international climate negotiations.
In addition, the government is providing £1.2 million in funding to support a Pacific Regional Nationally Determined Contributions Hub to support these countries in implementing their Paris Agreement commitments.
None of this money is going into tangible aid for Pacific Islanders, for instance solar panels, storm shelters, protection against flooding and so on. Instead it is simply feeding bureaucracy.
As Dennis Ambler neatly described it, capacity building is a euphemism employed by the UN for the use of aid in enlarging institutions and empowering NGO’s. It usually means buildings, secretariats, increasing numbers of posts such as "Knowledge Officers", Sustainability Specialists" and an increasing number of consultants and advisers. Much of the money never ends up with the purported recipients and is difficult to audit, especially when being poured into an EU or UN "pot".
But worse still, the money is being channelled via the German Development Agency, GIZ.
GIZ is a federal public-benefit enterprise, owned solely by the Federal Government. It is also, however, big business, with a turnover of 2.6bn euros and 19000 employees.
Staffing levels rose by 7% in 2017, and are expected to rise again by another 15% over the next three years.
According to their Annual Accounts, personnel costs amounted to 971m euros in 2017, 41% of turnover.
Personnel costs, therefore, work out at about £51,000 a head.
In short, we are paying bureaucrats in Germany to set up more bureaucracy in the Pacific region.
Whether the poor Pacific Islanders see any benefit is highly unlikely!
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January 20, 2019 at 01:48PM