Future of DFID

Webinar: What's next for DFID


Leadership shakeups. Political transitions. Shifting funding priorities. In this webinar, we break down how DFID's operations, program focus, and disbursements have been affected by changes in the U.K. political scene.

What does the commitment to green UK aid mean in practice?

The U.K. government has committed to spending all U.K. aid in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, but insiders wonder if it will turn out to be more than a box-ticking exercise.

Rory Stewart: DFID may come under greater FCO control

The U.K.'s development chief Rory Stewart has warned his department could be headed for "reorganization" under a new prime minister.

UK cross-government strategy under fire again

As new reports from the National Audit Office and the Independent Commission for Aid Impact raise renewed concerns about the U.K.'s cross-government strategy, the aid community says it is time to act.

Opinion: Remember Pergau

For those politicos tempted to kill off the U.K. Department for International Development, this word alone should warn against it, writes DFID veteran Phil Mason.

New UK aid secretary pledges £1B more for climate

Rory Stewart has put money where his mouth is after early promises to do more to tackle climate change — though he may not be in charge of aid for much longer.

Opinion: The death of DFID?

Boris Johnson — Teresa May's likely successor as U.K. prime minister — is a threat to DFID's existence and independence. ODI's Alex Thier explains.

Inside DFID's £31M investment in the Currency Exchange Fund

Last week, Rory Stewart announced the U.K.'s first major support for the Currency Exchange Fund. What is it, and why has it attracted DFID's attention now?

Rory Stewart: New DFID chief with a colorful career

The U.K.'s new secretary of state for international development is known as much for his outlandish life stories as his foreign policy expertise.

Aid community reacts as Rory Stewart replaces Penny Mordaunt as DFID chief

The U.K. Department for International Development gets its fourth leader in three years.

Tony Blair on DFID's future after Brexit

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who launched the Department for International Development in 1997, told Devex the agency can remain a major global development play even after Brexit.

DFID's share of UK aid rises — but it's not all good news

U.K. aid groups welcomed official statistics released Thursday which show that the Department for International Development has clawed back a higher share of the aid budget — but caveats apply.

Brexit: DFID underwrites £90M of aid contracts at risk

Amid Brexit turmoil, the Department for International Development has agreed to underwrite £90 million ($117.2 million) worth of EU aid contracts to avoid a funding cliff edge for U.K. NGOs if no deal is reached.

DFID could redeploy over 200 staff for Brexit

The U.K. aid department may offer 10 percent of its U.K. workforce to other government departments scrambling to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

DFID chief seeks US partnership on women's rights

"The women's movement globally needs America and it needs the United Kingdom," Penny Mordaunt said in Washington, D.C., on Friday. The U.K. development chief also teased a new initiative focused on broadening who the agency works with.

Minister 'reassures' MPs on future of DFID

Harriett Baldwin, joint minister for DFID and FCO, offered reassurance on Wednesday as concerns rise that the aid department could be abolished — but the secretary of state has remained silent.

DFID is not independent, Mordaunt reiterates

In a letter seen by Devex, Penny Mordaunt said she wants to move the debate away from where U.K. aid staff are based to the work they are doing, as concerns rise about the future of DFID.

UK NGOs in the dark about EU aid funding post-Brexit

With five weeks until Brexit, U.K. NGOs still have "no idea on the status of their existing contracts with the EU, or projects in the pipeline, or future funding opportunities," Bond's Claire Godfrey told Devex.

New index raises concerns about aid quality outside DFID

The index is the first to compare aid quality across U.K. government departments — and only DFID scores well across the board.

DFID 'not an independent department,' says Mordaunt

U.K. development chief Penny Mordaunt declined to give a firm answer during a newspaper interview on whether DFID would still exist in five years' time.

Could DFID be absorbed by the UK foreign office?

U.K. politicians have repeatedly suggested that the Department for International Development should merge with the foreign office — but could it really happen, and what would the consequences be?

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