- Giving money to international aid is always risky.
- Not all the money will get there, you can be certain of that.
- Not all of it will go where you’d expect it to go – you can be almost as certain of that.
- But when it gets to the right place and is used in the right way it makes a big difference.
I’d also make the point that the charities alleged to have helped terrorist organisations are not big players and you are highly unlikely to have given them money: Interpal is small by aid agency standards (£3m expenditure) and Crescent Relief is miniscule (£70,000). Your only involvement is that your taxes subsidised them fractionally.