Rory Stewart: What to expect from DFID's new leader

Rory Stewart, The U.K.'s new secretary of state for international development. Photo by: REUTERS / Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON — Aid experts have heralded Rory Stewart as the United Kingdom’s most qualified international development secretary to date — but some have warned that his expertise could spell change for the U.K. Department for International Development.

Stewart was announced as DFID’s new leader last week as part of a ministerial reshuffle and was broadly welcomed by the aid community for his experience and commitment to the development agenda. He previously served as a junior minister in the department, as well as in the military and foreign service where he focused on conflict and post-conflict countries.

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    Sophie Edwards

    Sophie Edwards is a Reporter for Devex based in London covering global development news including global education, water and sanitation, innovative financing, the environment along with other topics. She has previously worked for NGOs, the World Bank and spent a number of years as a journalist for a regional newspaper in the U.K. She has an MA from the Institute of Development Studies and a BA from Cambridge University.