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DFID accused as ‘broken spending promise’ leaves island unable to heal ‘weeping sores’ and end dependence on aid

St Helena’s paymasters in Britain have been accused by councillors of breaking their funding promises in the wake of the airport opening. Dr Corinda Essex said that with no investment agreed for the island from January 2018, its failing facilities were becoming “weeping sores”. Another scandal could blow up after the British government insisted on building a wharf in …

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DFID sets aside £19.4 million – including child abuse cash

The UK’s Department for International Development is giving St Helena £1.2m of new money for safeguarding of children and adults. The announcement came as a team from the UK neared the end of two weeks on the island, investigating alleged failures to deal with widespread child abuse. The safeguarding money will be used for training, and raising awareness in …

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Judge offers comfort over tales of power and abuse – but says No to London jobs hearing for whistle-blowers

A judge has spoken of “disturbing” claims made about sex abuse on St Helena and the way the island is governed – after ruling he could not hear a case brought by social workers. Claire Gannon and Martin Warsama claimed they suffered unfair treatment because they were whistle-blowers who exposed failures to investigate abuse properly. …

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Read the full aid mission report for St Helena

The aide memoire signed at the end of the annual visit of advisers from the UK serves as a state-of-the-island report for St Helena. The Development Aid Planning Mission 2014 report covers key aspects of life such as health, education, social services and shipping, as well as progress on the economic transformation of the island. …

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Aid mission talks begin on 11 January 2014

Annual talks to agree St Helena’s settlement of aid from Britain are scheduled for 11 to 18 January 2014 – though an economist will arrive a week early for preliminary discussions. The Development Aid Planning Mission, usually referred to as “Dap’m” in speech, is the most critical event of the year for the island. Governor …

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Wharf plan prompts conservation worries

Concerns are being voiced privately by conservationists as work moves ahead on a proposed wharf in Rupert’s Bay. There are fears that the project might harm undiscovered relics from St Helena’s maritime history, as well as natural life – including rare insects in a little-known cave. Approval has been given for work on final designs …

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