Webinar: The Future of DfID

By Molly Anders 13 March 2017

Become a Devex Executive Member to unlock the full version of this webinar where, Devex London correspondent Molly Anders digs into key questions around the future of the U.K. Department for International Development.

The U.K. Department for International Development has undergone major shifts in the past year and, as Britain’s exit from the European Union looms, there are more to come.

In this webinar, Devex’s London correspondent Molly Anders and Devex Partner Alan Robbins offer insight into recent changes at DfID and the impact on aid organizations, including the loss of unrestricted funding; consolidated funding streams for nonprofits; and a leadership shake-up that will see more aid delivered across other government departments and a strong emphasis on aid for trade.

As DfID’s private sector arm, formerly the Commonwealth Development Corporation, prepares to quadruple its investment capacity, Molly and Alan also explore its likely evolution and provide clues about how the CDC will bolster the U.K.’s efforts both to invest in more fragile contexts and to empower delivery partners based in the “global south.”

Finally, this discussion highlights the unique dynamic between the U.K. aid community and elements of the national media. As concerns about the proliferation of fake news grow in the U.S., Molly points to the long-running anti-aid campaigns against nonprofits and commercial suppliers in the U.K. and asks: How can aid organizations best cope with being targets? What can the community do to counter fake news?

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Molly is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in London, she covers U.K. foreign aid and trends in international development. She draws on her experience covering aid legislation and the USAID implementer community in Washington, D.C., as well as her time as a Fulbright Fellow and development practitioner in the Middle East to develop stories with insider analysis.


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