Friday, 9 December 2016


International development aid is a lifeline to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We should be proud that the UK is committed to spending money on helping those that need it the most.

A Greenpeace investigation has revealed how British government diplomacy and foreign aid have been used to pave the way for UK oil companies to explore for oil in Lake Malawi, where the UN warns that a spill could wreck the fragile ecosystem. [1]

Aid has the power to transform people’s lives and lift them out of poverty, but drilling in places like Lake Malawi could put the same people’s livelihoods at risk.

Aid should never be used as a bargaining tool for business, at the expense of people and the environment, but that’s exactly what’s happened. Tell Priti Patel the International Development 

Minister that aid is for people and not for oil.
Drilling for oil around Lake Malawi will threaten a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Africa's most iconic lakes as well as driving more climate change in a country that's already bearing the brunt of it. The lake supports the livelihoods of more than 1.5 million people living on its shores - it’s also home to Nile crocodiles, hippos, monkeys, and African fish eagles.