Yegna, have been given the UK cash to develop ‘a branded media platform. The money have been allocated to manage the project until August 2018
By Larissa Brown (The Daily Mail) |
UK taxpayers have picked up a new £5.2million bill to fund a talk show for Ethiopia’s own Spice Girls.
Yegna, a five-strong pop group, has been awarded a contract to develop its ‘branded media platform’, which also includes a radio drama and music.
The foreign aid cash – which will keep the band going until at least 2018 – comes despite officials warning it may be a waste of money.
Yegna’s aim is to empower young women in the African country through music.
In 2013 a Mail investigation from Ethiopia, which is one of the biggest recipients of British aid, revealed a UK-funded project named Girl Hub had provided £4million to help fund the group.
Ethiopian critics at the time said it was enough money to run the Yegna initiative for 154 years.
Then last year the Independent Commission on Aid Impact watchdog warned ministers to halt the project unless managers could show it was working.
It called for a review on whether ‘funding is merited’ amid ‘significant concerns’ as officials considered plans to pour another £16million into the project as a whole.
But following the report, the Department for International Development (Dfid), gave the go-ahead and injected a further £5.2million in the Yegna brand alone, it can be revealed.
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