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'A real kick in the teeth': DFID staffers speak out on merger and other development news


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'A real kick in the teeth': DFID staffers speak out on merger Devex Newswire Unsubscribe 8:47 AM (12 minutes ago) to me The European Commission's' daily letters and Australia's multilateral microscope Problems reading this email? Try opening the web version Devex. Do Good. Do it Well. NEWSWIRE June 18, 2020 Hi Devex readers, We're monitoring the fallout of Boris Johnson's decision to do away with DFID. Today we bring you staff reactions, and decipher what Johnson's speech says about his future plans for U.K. aid (Pro). Read on for a look at how COVID-19 is challenging impact investing. Today's online event: Between Pandemics: Global Health Security, Universal Health Coverage, and the Role of the Private Sector at 11 a.m. ET (5 p.m. CET). TODAY'S TOP STORY What Boris Johnson's speech reveals about the future of UK aid What Boris Johnson's speech reveals about the future of UK aid For Pro members only On Tuesday afternoon, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the creation of a new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office — and his speech in the House of Commons gave worrying signals about his plans for government development policy, according to aid experts. Johnson's announcement of a merger between the Department for International Development and Foreign & Commonwealth Office was laden with references to the U.K.'s national interest. Many in the U.K. development sector fear that the merger will see aid spending diverted from its intended purpose of poverty alleviation and toward foreign policy priorities. U.K. Correspondent William Worley digs in. More on the merger ► Clare Short, DFID's founding secretary of state, says Johnson is poised to 'dismantle one of the most effective development organizations...' ► The U.K. Parliament's aid watchdog looks set to be dissolved in September, sparking questions over how U.K. aid will be scrutinized following the merger of DFID and FCO. ► DFID staffers express fear and frustration over the potential for U.K. aid to be misused, with one official calling Johnson's speech 'a real kick in the teeth.' PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP: DUTY OF CARE Opinion: Leaving no-one behind — investing and empowering To achieve the SDGs and UHC, and to secure a shared future, health workers should not be left behind during the COVID-19 crisis. Smile Train's CEO Susannah Schaefer and board advisory member Dr. Larry H. Hollier, explain. + How can we address the health care worker shortage? 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