Oxfam joins with other leading development agencies in expressing deep concern at the UK government’s plans to merge the Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Responding to the merger of the Department for International Development (DfID) with the Foreign Office, Danny Sriskandarajah Oxfam GB Chief Executive, said:

“It is scarcely believable that at a time when decades of progress are under threat from Covid, the Prime Minister has decided to scrap DfID, a world leader in the fight against poverty. With half a billion people at risk of being pushed into poverty, the UK should be stepping up to protect lives but is instead choosing to step back.

 

“This decision puts politics above the needs of the poorest people and will mean more people around the world will die unnecessarily from hunger and disease. The Foreign Office may be excellent at diplomacy, but it has a patchy record of aid delivery and is not as transparent as DfID. To be a truly ‘Global Britain’ we need to do more to live up to our values, not turn our backs on them.”

Call on the prime minister to protect UK Aid

We’re joining forces with others through Twitter to let the prime minister know in a direct and public way that UK aid must prioritise the world’s poorest people. If you use Twitter, would you join us in asking the prime minister to ensure that UK Aid continues to prioritise those who need it most?

 

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