In Britain, a new law has been passed ensuring the overseas aid budget is protected every year.

But pressure groups argue that there is a reason the country is encouraging aid, and that it is actually a cover for corporations to tighten their grip in Africa.

Nick Dearden from Global Justice Now explains: "Supporters of privatisation argue that it can help stop countries relying on aid; the case against it is that aid has no place in helping big corporations get their hands on Africa."

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee brings this special report.

Source: Al Jazeera