Future of DFID

Winners and losers in DfID's new Multilateral Aid Review

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By Molly Anders

The U.K. Department for International Development released it's long-anticipated multilateral aid and bilateral development reviews Thursday. The MAR lays out a new results-based standard for multilateral organizations and criticizes partners for failing to collaborate with one another.

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What does former DfID chief Andrew Mitchell think of the UK's aid strategy?

Former Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell spoke with Devex about his legacy and his thoughts on the future of U.K. aid.

UK aid shifts: More to fragile states through 'cross-government' approach

The U.K. has unveiled a new aid strategy and announced budget shifts. Devex takes a look at the specifics as well as the U.K. aid community's reactions to the changes, including on the government's decision to spend half of official development assistance in fragile states.

UK earmarks half of aid budget for fragile states

In his Lord Mayor’s banquet speech yesterday, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his country will spend 50 percent of foreign aid on fragile states, a 30 percent increase from 2014.

The UK's power struggle: Private sector investment vs. traditional aid

DfID's more than $1 billion investment in CDC — the U.K. government's development finance institution — represents a shift in how U.K. aid will approach private sector investment and poverty alleviation, though questions remain about who will keep tabs on individual investments.

What would UK aid look like under Jeremy Corbyn?

Under the leadership of newly installed veteran U.K. parliamentarian Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party has a few ideas about how aid should be done differently at the Department for International Development. Devex takes a closer look.

Searching for middle ground in UK anti-corruption efforts

DfID launches a new anti-corruption tool, while aid groups worry other parts of the U.K. government aren't lining up in the fight against bribery and corruption abroad.

Opinion: Building public confidence in aid by putting the poorest first

The U.K. Department for International Development's newly released Multilateral Aid Review emphasizes getting the most out of U.K. contributions to development. But that narrative risks losing public support for Britain's longstanding commitment to helping the world's neediest, writes Save the Children's Kevin Watkins.

Opinion: Taking back control? UK reviews support to CSOs

Almost two and a half years after Priti Patel called for an assessment of "irrelevant" organizations such as Oxfam, she has released such a review as head of the U.K. Department of International Development. Toby Porter, a veteran of U.K. charities, says the new DfID leader can do more to build trust.

IDC chair candidates promise tougher DfID scrutiny, value for money

Four Labour Party MPs are seeking election Wednesday to chair the House of Commons International Development Committee for the next five years. We get the inside track on their pledges and inquiry priorities.

UK election: An unprecedented turning point

The May 7 general election marked an unprecedented turning point in the United Kingdom's approach to tackling world poverty and dealing with big global problems like climate change. What part will this new parliament play in cementing British leadership? An exclusive op-ed from Member of Parliament Fabian Hamilton.

Greening retains position as head of DfID

Justine Greening has retained her position as secretary of state for international development, after her party emerged victorious at the polls last week. Devex takes a closer look at the ministerial appointments impacting the U.K.'s Department for International Development.

What #UKelection2015 means for #globaldev

Ahead of the May 7 U.K. general election, Devex delved into the major parties' manifestos to find out what each pledges for international development. Here's our definitive election guide.

A humanitarian fund to finance emergency education

The next U.K. government should create a humanitarian fund to finance schooling in emergencies, following an increased number of international education catastrophes, global education campaigner Sarah Brown tells Devex.

DfID's importance 'shouldn’t be understated'

DfID has the resources, ability and expertise to help bring about a world that is more equal, Jean Lambert, a Green Party MEP and vice president of the Greens/European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament, argues for the #FutureofDfID series.

DfID is changing — but is it changing fast enough?

While DfID deserves praise for the work it has done, the U.K. aid agency needs to adapt to global development’s evolving needs and agendas. Five key changes need to happen, writes Simon Maxwell, former director at the Overseas Development Institute, for the #FutureofDfID series.

Time to recognize private sector role in UK aid

As imperfect a partnership as private and public aid might be, there is currently no single significant development project in the world that does not consult and work with private investors. Nirj Deva, a Conservative member of the European Parliament, weighs in on the #FutureofDfID.

Debate on the future of aid ‘makes me worry’

The aid industry needs urgent reforms, yet the political space to make the case for aid is shrinking — and so is the opportunity to rethink the way aid works. Marta Foresti, governance, security and livelihoods director at the Overseas Development Institute shares her assessment for the #FutureofDfID series.