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British politicians have for many years talked about a ‘bonfire of the quangos’.

Whether or not they’ve managed to get that bonfire going, it has meant there has been a reasonable focus and discussion of what quangos do, who works for them and how much taxpayers’ money they spend.

The same can’t be said for the web of global quangos that exert increasing influence on the lives of British taxpayers. People have largely never heard of them; that includes those who ought to hold them to account on our behalf, i.e. journalists and politicians. All the while, TPA research has revealed that global quangos have received £85 billion from the UK government since 2009.

The scale of the problem was recently laid bare when TPA research revealed how international organisations such as the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization For Migration, which have actively campaigned against the government's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, had received £1.5 BILLION of British taxpayers' money in recent years.

The WHO, the UN’s ECOSOC and IOM, the OECD, the IMF; the alphabet soup of global quangos grow more dominant, place burdens on domestic governance, and absorb more taxpayers’ cash.

It’s time to shine a light on them, and let British taxpayers know what they do, how much they cost and how they interfere in our policymaking.


Our new factbook will arm you with everything you need to know about unaccountable global quangos. Read it here!


Never enough: how the UK is sold short by global quangos

UK taxpayers spend billions each year on aid, over half of which typically goes to global quangos like the United Nations. However, it is never enough for quangocrats, who have often accused the UK of falling short when it comes to human rights obligations, aid spending, and even domestic spending. Read more...

The cost of global quangos

Global quangos have received £85 billion from the UK government since 2009, over half of all Official Development Assistance (ODA) in this period. When the government increased ODA spending to 0.7 per cent of GNI in 2013, 73 per cent of the £6 billion increase went to global quangos. Read more...


CAPX: Fair COP? Or will the latest climate summit be another festival of eco-extremism

Since 2017 attendance has increased for each conference, from 16,028 participants at COP23, to 36,674 participants at COP27 in 2022. It’s little wonder COP is such a huge draw. Read more...

THE CRITIC: The globalisation of sin taxes

Few people recognise the now permanent international reach of nannying technocrats. The World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), introduced in 2005, sent sin taxes global. Commonly regarded as one of the World Health Organisation’s main achievements of the 21st century, such taxes tend to be regressive and wherever they are implemented. Read more...

TELEGRAPH: It's time Britain stopped funding the incompetent, nannying World Health Organisation

Well-meaning people may believe that contributions to the WHO are a form of global philanthropy, but its best days have long since passed. Since it helped rid the world of smallpox in the 1970s, newer organisations like Gavi (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations) have superseded the WHO in dealing with specific health problems. Read more...

Global Quangos Uncovered: The IMF

At such a high cost to taxpayers while offering so little in return, it may be time for the IMF to end its lecturing and stop attempting to be a global government. Read more...

Global Quangos Uncovered: The World Bank

Founded in 1944, the World Bank’s original focus was post-war reconstruction and development. Early loans were targeted at European states recovering from war, but from 1947 the World Bank turned its gaze outward and in 1948 Chile became the first non-European country to receive a World Bank loan. Read more...

SPIKED: The UK’s Net Zero zealotry is harming the world’s poor

In most years, more of our aid budget is spent via global quangos like the UN than on direct aid to foreign countries. These supranational bodies are also deep in the Net Zero mire. Read more...

Global Quangos Uncovered: The World Health Organisation

The WHO has undoubtedly become politicised, harming both its reputation and ability to provide the services required. Nobody involved in the founding of the WHO would have expected that in the year 2023 the body would be preparing for its first traditional medicine summit. Read more...

Global Quangos Uncovered: Association of Commonwealth Universities

Higher education costs taxpayers £9.4 billion a year in the form of unpaid student loans alone, but the true cost is much greater. An under-reported cost of higher education is the millions pumped into quangos whose main job is to ‘aid’ universities in ensuring that they are progressive enough. Read more...

Can the UK escape the global minimum rate?

Recently, Priti Patel spoke out against the plan for an OECD minimum corporation tax, arguing that it “means a return to the bad old days when western governments metaphorically put a finger in the dam and wished away innovation, competition and advance”. She called on the treasury to “delay implementation of the OECD regime in Britain”, however following concessions from chancellor Jeremy Hunt who agreed to run impact assessments of the plan the rebellion was shelved. Read more...




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