Tony Blair has always aimed to serve the people. While he was Prime Minister of the UK, he served his own people. Now, he aims to serve the greater number of people all over the world, with a focus on Africa. Before there was the Tony Blair Institute, there was the Tony Blair Associates, and other groups like it.
This group was formed many years ago, in 2008. The purpose of this group is for Tony Blair to provide pro bono advice. This advice would be tailored for governments, NGOs, and religious organizations. His first client was Kuwait and he has since worked with many individuals and organizations. Tony Blair Associates, however, has not been immune to controversy.
Tony Blair was at one point an envoy to the Middle East. However, he was also working in concert with his organization. This created, some protested, a conflict of interest situation. Protesters said that he should be going to the Middle East for one organization or the other, not both. Some said that Tony Blair was using his dual roles as a way to profit for himself.
Much of the criticism stems from 2014. Also, in 2014, Tony Blair advised the president of Egypt. He again went there in a dual role and received the same criticism as when he advised Kuwait. Tony Blair may have been criticized, but he has not stopped using his organizations in a way he sees fit. However, Tony Blair Associates has not seen as much controversy since that year. And there’s a reason for that.
Last year, in 2016 Tony Blair closed this particular organization, though he has others. Protesters said that he made millions of dollars while he should have been working on a truly pro bono basis, which was the original purpose of this organization.