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DFID Not Independent Department, U.K. Aid Chief Mordaunt Reiterates In Letter

Devex: DFID is not independent, Mordaunt reiterates
“Despite raising eyebrows last month for refusing to give a firm answer about the future of the U.K. Department for International Development, Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt has again claimed that DFID is not an ‘independent’ department in a letter obtained by Devex on Monday. In a letter to Preet Gill — the Labour Party’s shadow minister for international development, who was seeking clarification of Mordaunt’s earlier remarks — the U.K. aid chief wrote that her department ‘could not … be described as “independent,”‘ and that she hoped to ‘move the debate about DFID on from being one about where our desks are situated to being focused on delivering the global goals’…” (Abrahams, 2/26).