Devex Examines DFID Secretary’s Stance On Foreign Aid

Devex: New DFID chief shows tougher side
“The United Kingdom’s new secretary of state for international development has offered a glimpse of her plan for the country’s aid budget, emphasizing an ‘aid in the national interest’ agenda and calling on developing countries to increase their own tax contributions or risk being cut off. In an op-ed published by The Telegraph newspaper and also speaking on BBC Radio’s the Today program on Monday, Penny Mordaunt, who took over as head of the Department for International Development in November, appeared to call for greater DFID control over aid money being spent by other government departments and delivered a stark warning to contractors who fail to meet DFID targets…” (Edwards, 1/16).