Civitas, Institute for the Study of Civil Society
, 3 Jan 2013: "A new book by foreign correspondent and senior research fellow at Westminster think-tank Civitas, Jonathan Foreman, urges the [UK] Government to revolutionise its approach to overseas aid. Among its recommendations is a shift of one third of the UK’s £8 billion overseas aid budget to the military to ensure that Britain is capable of mounting swift and effective emergency relief operations in the wake of disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and famines. ... Other key proposals include funding the BBC World Service foreign language services out of DfID’s budget. Those broadcasts which cost only £272 million a year provide an invaluable service to listeners, promote democratic values abroad, and win more influence than conventional aid. ... These broadcasts are relied on by many millions of people around the world for their accuracy and have played a vital role in movements for liberty and better governance. The World Service genuinely wins influence for the UK."