British taxpayers will no longer fund Ethiopia’s version of the Spice Girls.
Admitting foreign aid could be spent better elsewhere, ministers pulled the plug on the five-strong girl band.
The pop group Yegna initially received £4 million as part of a wider program aimed at empowering women in Ethiopia.
Despite warnings of public money being squandered a further £5.2 million followed in 2015 for an initiative expected to run until at least 2018.
MPs hailed the “common sense” decision by International Development Secretary Priti Patel.
“We have taken the decision to end our partnership following a review of the program,” Patel’s department said in a statement. “Empowering women and girls around the world remains a priority, but we judge there are more effective ways to invest UK aid and to deliver even better results for the world’s poorest and value for taxpayers’ money.”
Source: Daily Mail
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