‘Ethiopian Spice Girls’ given £5m in British foreign aid despite previous outcry

by Selam

An all-female pop group dubbed Ethiopia’s Spice Girls has received another £5.2 million in British foreign aid despite previous criticism of the funding.

Yegna received the taxpayer money through a contract to develop their ‘branded media platform’, which includes a radio drama and music.

The revelation comes despite outcry in 2013 when it was revealed the group had been given £4 million via Girl Hub, a UK-funded project.

The independent aid watchdog has previously questioned whether funding Girl Hub provided value for money and suggested it should end.

Yegna, a five-person pop group, is described as “inspiring positive behaviour change for girls in Ethiopia”.

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