Andrew Mitchell is the secretary of state for international development under the recently formed U.K. coalition government between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
Mitchell said he is “delighted” about his appointment. He reaffirmed the Conservatives’ campaign pledge on aid effectiveness.
“My top priority will be to secure maximum value for money in aid through greater transparency, rigorous independent evaluation and an unremitting focus on results,” Mitchell said in a statement.
The new coalition government, he said, “will harness the full range of British government policies – including trade, conflict resolution and environmental protection – to contribute to our progressive vision of a more prosperous, sustainable and secure world.”
The coalition agreement asserted the commitment of both parties to bring aid spending to 0.7 percent of the gross national income by 2013.