About the event

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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The Speakers

Moderator

William Worley

U.K. correspondent 
Devex
William Worley is the U.K. Correspondent for Devex, covering DFID and U.K. aid. Previously, he reported on international affairs, policy, and development. He also worked as a reporter for the U.K. national press, including the Times, Guardian, Independent, and i Paper. His reportage has included work on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, drought in Madagascar, the "migrant caravan" in Mexico, and Colombia’s peace process.

Myles Wickstead

Visiting Professor
Department of International Development at King's College London
Myles Wickstead is visiting professor at the Department of International Development, King's College London. This follows a career in development and diplomacy, heading the British Development Division in Eastern Africa in the 1990s including serving as the U.K. representative on the Board of the World Bank in Washington DC, and British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union. After leaving government service in 2005, he was a special advisor to the Parliamentary International Development Select Committee and is currently an advisor to Hand in Hand International and Development Initiatives.

Nilima Gulrajani

Senior Research Fellow
Overseas Development Institute
Nilima Gulrajani is a senior research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, where she leads a research programme centred on building donor capacity and investigating comparative trends and policy innovations in development management. She spent a number of years as an assistant professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she taught international public management and global development. She also previously worked as an international economist within the International Trade and Finance Group at the Canadian Ministry of Finance, the World Bank and the International Development Research Centre.

Sandra Jennifer "Sandy" Cheeks

Squirrel
From the Surface
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Sandra Jennifer "Sandy" Cheeks

Squirrel
From the Surface
And both of these, if one would tell the truth, were foreordained unto the holy place, where greatest Peter’s follower hath his seat. While on this quest, for which thou giv’st him praise, he heard the things which of his victory the causes were, and of the Papal Robe. The Chosen Vessel went there afterward, to bring thence confirmation in the faith, through which one enters on salvation’s path. But why should I go there, or who concedes it? I ’m not Aeneas, nor yet Paul am I; me worthy of this, nor I nor others deem. If, therefore, I consent to come, I fear lest foolish be my coming; thou art wise, and canst much better judge than I can talk.”

Office Cat

Mouse Catcher
Quarantine land
And both of these, if one would tell the truth, were foreordained unto the holy place, where greatest Peter’s follower hath his seat. While on this quest, for which thou giv’st him praise, he heard the things which of his victory the causes were, and of the Papal Robe. The Chosen Vessel went there afterward, to bring thence confirmation in the faith, through which one enters on salvation’s path. But why should I go there, or who concedes it? I ’m not Aeneas, nor yet Paul am I; me worthy of this, nor I nor others deem. If, therefore, I consent to come, I fear lest foolish be my coming; thou art wise, and canst much better judge than I can talk.”

Office Cat

Mouse Catcher
Quarantine land
And both of these, if one would tell the truth, were foreordained unto the holy place, where greatest Peter’s follower hath his seat. While on this quest, for which thou giv’st him praise, he heard the things which of his victory the causes were, and of the Papal Robe. The Chosen Vessel went there afterward, to bring thence confirmation in the faith, through which one enters on salvation’s path. But why should I go there, or who concedes it? I ’m not Aeneas, nor yet Paul am I; me worthy of this, nor I nor others deem. If, therefore, I consent to come, I fear lest foolish be my coming; thou art wise, and canst much better judge than I can talk.”
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