Last week, the government announced that it was planning to merge the Department for International development and the Foreign Office.Faith charities and international development aid agencies alike were saddened by the decision, calling it ‘seriously misguided’.
CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, said:
“Our support for our brothers and sisters living in poverty shouldn’t be contingent on what we as Britain can get out of it – we must have a clear distinction between our aid budget and money spent on British interests. Increasingly issues such as climate change, the destruction of nature, and the spread of Covid-19 demonstrate unequivocally that global issues can only be tackled through increased global cooperation, and that progress can be reversed through retreating into approaches based on national interest.”
CAFOD joined forced with other leading faith charities across the country to put out a statement, which you can read here.
Christine wrote to The Daily Telegraph letter’s section, writing:
“As UK Aid is spent by more and more departments, the UK government must commit to the highest levels of transparency across the whole portfolio. We need to see a levelling up, not a levelling down, in the accountability of UK aid.”
We also heard from our international partners, concerned by the decision, including the
Reverend George Cosmos Zumaire Lungu of the Diocese of Chipata, in Zambia, wrote to the Prime Minister about the decision.