A DFID-FCO merger needs to remain off the cards


DFID Two ministries with different prioritiesConflict of interest?NGO officials in disagreementLearning from other countriesPossible loss of specialised staffConcerns over lack of transparencyWe should not conflate development interests with other priorities DFID  Plans to merge the Department for International Department (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) appear to have been abandoned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for now. The idea of a DFID/FCO merger has been debated numerous times since DFID’s separation from FCO in 1997, most recently resurfacing amidst the 2019 general elections and causing a stir among UK charities. Despite the merger being allegedly off the cards for the [...]