U.K. DFID Chief Mordaunt Says Agency ‘Not An Independent Department,’ Declines Firm Answer About Future Existence

Devex: DFID ‘not an independent department,’ says Mordaunt
“United Kingdom aid chief Penny Mordaunt raised eyebrows last week after declining to give a firm answer about whether her department would still exist in five years’ time. … Asked by Financial Times reporters last week whether her department would definitely exist in five years’ time, Mordaunt refrained from giving a categorical answer and added that it was ‘not an independent department’ because of cross-government spending and cooperation. The government is currently pursuing a strategy that will see 30 percent of U.K. aid spent outside DFID by 2020…” (Abrahams, 1/28).