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Devex Examines DfID’s Potential Moves Under Prime Minister May To Leverage Aid Commitments In Trade Deals

Devex: New DfID head divides U.K. aid community over trade focus
“…Many breathed a sigh of relief last week when [Prime Minister Theresa] May publicly confirmed her government’s commitment to spending 0.7 percent of gross national income on aid — dispelling rumors that the aid budget worth 11 billion pounds ($14.6 billion) is on the chopping block. But anxieties rose again when the new head of DfID, Priti Patel, reportedly met with officials of the U.K.’s new Department for International Trade to discuss how aid commitments could be leveraged to negotiate trade deals with emerging countries…” (Anders, 8/4).