Should Military spending count as Development?

Should Military spending count as Development?

The Financial Times reports that the Conservatives plan to ‘divert aid spending to support a new “stabilisation and reconstruction force”, while the Telegraph says some Tories propose counting some spending done by the Ministry of Defence as development aid.

While DFID, MOD and Foreign and Commonwealth Office already run the Stabilisation Unit unit which already includes DFID money, recent proposal suggest that this would be expanded hugely and controlled by the National Security Council.

What do you think? Should the military lead on spending money allocated for development?


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