Letter to UK prime minister Boris Johnson urging a rethink of the DFID and FCO merger

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Letter to UK prime minister Boris Johnson urging a rethink of the DFID and FCO merger

I saw this in the HIFA discussion group and think it's also relevant for us SuSanA folks:

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[Read online: https://www.bond.org.uk/press-releases/2020/06/nearly-200-humanitarian-aid-and-development-charities-call-on-pm-to-reverse ]

'Nearly 200 UK aid and development leaders have called on the government to
reverse its decision to scrap DFID
, stating that the move risks jeopardising
the UK’s global Covid-19 response and the UK turning its back on the world’s
poorest people.

Despite government claims, the UK humanitarian and development sector was not
consulted about the plans to merge the Department for International Development
and the Foreign Commonwealth Office.

Last week, the International Development Select Committee report for its
inquiry, Effectiveness of UK Aid stated, “Our evidence is clear that UK aid has
made major contributions to global development goals. DFID has a high
international standing, built up over many years, for its excellence in managing
and delivering development assistance, and its transparency and effectiveness.

Any reforms to current government systems and structures would potentially
impact the fundamentals of what UK aid is spent on, who spends it most
effectively, and ultimately undermine our reputation and influence overseas as
a ‘development superpower’”.

Read a PDF version of the letter complete with signees below.'

https://www.bond.org.uk/sites/default/files/resource-documents/20200619_letter_to_the_prime_minister.pdf


Bazlu

AHM. Bazlur Rahman-S21BR | Chief Executive Officer |
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)
[Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations]
http://www.bnnrc.net

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(a related thread about one activity of DFID ("Evaluation findings on DFID-funded WASH programme using Payment by Results") is  here )

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Elisabeth
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