New DFID Chief Stewart Signals Support For 0.7% Aid Spending Target, Pledges To Prioritize Climate Change
The Guardian: Rory Stewart defends U.K. aid target and vows to tackle climate ’emergency’
“Rory Stewart, the new secretary of state for international development, has reiterated his support for the government’s commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid. Stewart, the former prisons minister, who was appointed to his new role on Wednesday night after Penny Mordaunt replaced the sacked Gavin Williamson as defense minister, also pledged to put climate change at the heart of his work. While Mordaunt was an aid budget skeptic who wanted to overhaul the way the Department for International Development (DFID) spends money, Stewart identified the foreign aid target as ‘hugely important’…” (McVeigh, 5/2).