Report slams Clark's UN programme

Former prime minister Helen Clark has been hit with a devastating critique of her United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in an official report saying much of its annual US$5.7 billion (NZ$6.8 billion) budget is only remotely connected to ending global poverty.

The densely worded report by the UNDP's executive board - Clark's bosses since she became secretary-general in April 2009 - amounts to a stinging performance review.

US media reports say she is leading a counter-attack claiming the study misses the point behind its work. (Aww that sounds so much like our old Helen =)