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Tuesday 16 June 2020

Response to DFID and FCO merger

Responding to the announcement that the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are to merge, FDA National Officer Allan Sampson said:

"Whilst speculation has existed for several months now, today's news has created huge uncertainty and unease for DFID staff.

"DFID is a department with a strong reputation for success, with staff working tirelessly to lead the UK’s global efforts to respond to COVID-19 and protect the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world.

"A recent International Development Committee report commended DFID’s standing as a global development agency and the excellence of the department's programming and transparency, and urged against a disruptive and costly machinery of government reorganisation that would impact the effectiveness of aid.

"DFID has also operated successfully over two sites and employs a significant number of staff outside of London. Those staff, and many others, will now understandably be concerned for their future and disappointed to hear about this through leaks to the media."

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