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”.