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Losing DfID would be a disaster for the world’s poor – and for Britain

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British aid saves lives, commands global respect and chimes with the public mood. Merging DfID with the Foreign Office would be calamitousBritain has a proud track record of supporting the world’s poorest through its aid commitments. This is not only morally the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do. This cast-iron commitment to the poorest indirectly creates significant soft power for Britain. Disrupt this commitment by merging the Department for International Development (DfID) into the Foreign Office and diverting more aid to UK national interest, and you produce a lose-lose: the world’s poorest (wrongly) suffer, and significant British soft power immediately drains away, at precisely the time when the country is trying to redefine its role in the world. Continue reading…

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Author : Simon Bishop

Publish date : 2020-01-16 11:06:51

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