The BBC came up with a £50 million vaccination programme in Sudan as "proof" that every penny of British overseas aid money is well spent. Here's where some of the rest went.
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has bought two South African-registered Bombardier BD-700 Global Express aircraft at a cost to the British taxpayer of £60 million
Dictator Yoweri Museveni of Uganda bought a top-of-the-range Gulfstream G550 £30 million out of the £127 million his country received in 2008/09 from New Labour and the EU. His next ambition is to spend the £500 million he expects to receive from Britain by 2016 on six Russian jet fighters
More homes than Tony B. Liar!
Ali Bongo, former president of the Magic Circle(?), now president of Gabon, spent £85 million of other people's money on a mansion in the middle of Paris and he owns 38 more properties there
President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the French Congo already owns 16 of the most luxurious residences in Paris, and he expects to be able to spend more than a further £1 BILLION, which the British taxpayer will cough up by 2015
Teodoro Obiang Mangue, the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, grabbed £65 million whilst "working" as the forestry minister. £21 million bought a mansion in Malibu mansion, £26 million bought a Gulfstream jet and he also has a fleet of 24 luxury cars
President Jacob Zuma of South Africa spent £17.5 million; the amount of British aid received in the previous year; on upgrading his rural home into a luxury mansion. He also found £40M to upgrade the roads to his compound.
The "top Brass" of Sierra Leone stole £1.2 million of British aid given in 2009 to ‘support peacekeeping’. The cash went on plasma TVs and other consumer goods.
DfID claims that it has given 19.6 million people access to water and sanitation. But most of the projects are not maintained in good order and quickly cease to be of any use thanks to DfID's culture of culpable waste.
DfID claims to provide primary education for 6 million children per year, but the story is the same as above: DfID just counts the number of enrolements, including cases where the children are "enroled" in tumbledown schools with no teachers and do not actually receive any educating.
The main problem is that the Department for International Development gets more money than it can spend prudently, and the empire-building urges of civil servants mean that they are willing to throw money down every black hole they can find to hit their spending targets to "prove" that they can waste even more, which will require more staff, given the chance. But the cash is just spent, rather than spent wisely or where it is needed most.