In a statement, a DFID
spokesperson said: 'The UK's financial support to ERRA [Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority] over this period was for payment by results - which means we only gave money once the agreed work, which was primarily focused on building schools, was completed, and the work audited and verified.
'The report says investigators in Pakistan 'are convinced that some of the allegedly stolen money came from DFID-funded aid projects' without providing any substantial evidence this was the case with the earthquake fund,' DFID
'Ironically, for years, Shehbaz was feted as a third world poster boy by DFID
and last year, the head of DFID
's Pakistan office Joanna Rowley and her colleague Richard Montgomery had lauded his 'dedication' without knowing where their taxpayers' money was really going,' the report added.
'It [The Mail on Sunday article] says investigators in Pakistan 'are convinced that some of the allegedly stolen money came from DFID-funded aid projects' without providing any substantial evidence this was the case with the earthquake fund,' said the DFID
chief economist during her three-day visit in Islamabad discussed technical assistance and support for economic reforms to improve investment climate with Minister for Finance Asad Umer and other officials.
's anti-corruption effort was given an amber-red rating, which means it is classed as performing relatively poorly and significant improvements must be made.
An unidentified aid industry expert told the daily, "It is surprising that no action was taken, which suggests that, at best, DfID
was asleep to the loss of its property and, at worst, that its local partners were colluding with the terrorists."
's staff in Baghdad and Basra are beyond reproach: committed and impressive civilians who have chosen to swap the safety of home for a life of concrete blast-walls, armoured cars and the constant threat of incoming mortars.
He said this in a meeting with the head of UK's Department for International Development (DFID
) in Pakistan Joanna Reid, who called on the chief minister at his office, here on Thursday.
Speaking during a meeting with the head of United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID
) in Pakistan, Joanna Reid, the chief minister said that DFID
is the best partner of Punjab government for the development of the social sector and the partnership, he added, will be taken further.
LAHORE -- The UK Department for International Development (DFID
) Lahore's new head Jinal Sha called on Punjab Chief Secretary Akbar Durrani at Civil Secretariat, here on Friday.