The U.K. Department for International Development has announced new appointments following a realignment of country program portfolios. The move aims to ensure that aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan will be accorded higher priority in the department’s agenda.
The new Western Asia and stabilisation director, according to U.K. International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, will oversee matters on Afghanistan, Pakistan and stabilization. The change, he said, will enable DfID to work more closely with the Defense Ministry and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on these three issues. Moazzam Malik will handle this new portfolio.
DfID likewise named Jim Drummond as director for West and southern Africa, Joy Hutcheon as director for East and Central Africa, Beverley Warmington as director for Asia, and Sue Wardell as director for security and humanitarian relief as well as for the Middle East, the Caribbean and overseas territories.
“These appointments reflect the need to see the UK’s aid work harder in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to bring about stability,” Mitchell said in a May 23 news release. “It is our duty to ensure that aid plays a full a part as possible in countries where conflict is halting progress and leaving people without water, electricity and schooling.”