DFID comes of age: what next for the 21 year-old?

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The UK’s Department for International Development has just turned 21.  What does this coming of age mean for the Department?

DFID certainly has plenty of happy moments to toast – helping create the Millenium Development Goals, playing a prominent role in the formation of the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation (which has saved 10 million lives), and meeting the international aid target of 0.7% of GNI, to name but three.  The Department might also wince at a few embarrassing moments – staff here remember Hilary Benn being greeted in one African country with a ‘Welcome Mrs Hilary Benn’ banner; and more seriously, few will quickly forget Priti Patel’s unsanctioned visit to the occupied Golan Heights.   

But will this high-achiever now be able to shoulder the responsibilities of adulthood? [Read more…]

3 opportunities for the new Secretary of State

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The appointment of a new Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt MP to lead DFID presents an opportunity to step up the fight against poverty. Here are three things we would love to see Penny Mordaunt do during her time at DFID:  

1. Act on Aid

The UK have a proud history of delivering quality aid to those in need around the world. It is vital that the UK continues to honour this legacy by maintaining our commitment to spend 0.7% of the UK’s income on international development. It is important that the focus of this spending remains on providing life saving assistance and empowering people to raise themselves out of poverty. [Read more…]