The Prime Minister announced on June 16th that the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will merge into a single Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Since DFID was created, UKFIET members have worked closely with the Department across its initiatives to promote educational development. The new ambition is for the FCDO to build on DFID’s many achievements and enhance UK aid.
The UKFIET Trustees have expressed concerns that:
- The total volume of aid disbursed through DFID’s successor must be maintained.
- Aid to education should be protected and maintained at 10% of the total.
- Spending on educational research should account for at least 5% of educational aid.
- The UK should remain committed to aid effectiveness through the International Development Committee (IDC) and the Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI).
UKFIET hopes the development of the FCDO is seen as an opportunity to focus strategically on education as a key component of development, sustain momentum to ensure all girls are educated, and encourage balanced investment that universalises access and enhances access in ways that are financially sustainable. The FCDO should enhance the cadre of education advisors to increase its reach and impact.
The UKFIET Trustees have written to the Ministers to express their concerns. The text of the letter is attached here.
Members of UKFIET are encouraged to share their views on these developments through the Forum website (comments section below) and through the many channels available to member organisations.