On June 16, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the Department for International Development — the stand-alone department that has been responsible for the majority of U.K. aid spending since 1997 — would be merged with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in September.
The decision raises a host of questions for the U.K.'s development community, with only a couple of months to prepare. Will this be a truly new department, as the government claims, or a "hostile takeover," as some politicians have described it? What is the likely impact on the direction of U.K. aid spending? What does it mean for transparency and scrutiny? And how should U.K. aid partners respond?
Devex U.K. Correspondent William Worley will be joined by expert speakers to discuss these questions and more.
You’ll hear from:
- Myles Wickstead, visiting professor at the Department of International Development at King's College London. Formerly a British ambassador and World Bank board member.
- Nilima Gulrajani, senior research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute and author of a paper on merging development agencies.
- William Worley, Devex U.K. correspondent.
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