Fairtrade and other NGOs warn against merging Department for International Development (DFID) with Foreign Office

Dolores Anorés Domingo, Organización ASOBAGRI Guatemala

The Fairtrade Foundation, along with other members of BOND - a network of NGOs and charities working in international development - have together signed the below statement in response to the news that the government intend to merge the Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign Office.

“Merging DFID with the FCO risks dismantling the UK’s leadership on international development. It suggests we are turning our backs on the world’s poorest people, as well as some of the greatest global challenges of our time: extreme poverty, climate change and conflict. UK aid risks becoming a vehicle for UK foreign policy, commercial and political objectives, when it first and foremost should be invested to alleviate poverty. 

By far the best way to ensure that aid continues to deliver for those who need it the most is by retaining DFID as a separate Whitehall department, with a Secretary of State for International Development, and by pledging to keep both independent aid scrutiny bodies: the Independent Commission for Aid Impact and the International Development Select Committee.”

The full list of the 115 organisations that have signed the statement above include:

Access Agriculture Josephine Rodgers Executive Director
Action Against Hunger UK Jean-Michel Grand Executive Director
ActionAid UK Girish Menon Chief Executive
ADD International Jimmy Innes Chief Executive
ADRA-UK Bert Smit CEO
Advantage Africa Andrew Betts Director
African Adventures Foundation Dan Mew Chair
Age International Chris Roles Managing Director
Aids Orphan UK Trust Professor Ian Govendir CEO
All We Can Graeme Hodge Chief Executive
Amref Health Africa UK Camilla Knox-Peebles Chief Executive
Anti-Slavery International Jasmine O’Connor CEO
Arts for Action Melissa Eveleigh Director
Bahá'í Agency For Social and Economic Development (BASED UK) Mark Habibi Executive Director
Banana Link Jacqui Mackay National Coordinator
Blue Ventures Conservation Alasdair Harris Executive Director
Bond Stephanie Draper Chief Executive
BRAC UK Lewis Temple Chief Executive
British Red Cross Mike Adamson CEO
Build It International Andrew Jowett CEO
CAFOD Christine Allen Director
CARE International UK Laurie Lee CEO
CBM UK Kirsty Smith CEO
Chance for Childhood Katie Fowler CEO
Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Helen McEachern Chief Executive Officer
ChildHope Jill Healey Executive Director
Children on the Edge Rachel Bentley Founder and International Director
Community Health and Sustainable Environment (CHASE Africa) Henry Pomeroy Director
Compassion UK and Ireland Justin Dowds Chief Executive Officer
Concern Worldwide UK Danny Harvey Executive Director
Conciliation Resources Jonathan Cohen Executive Director
Concordis Peter Marsden Chief Executive
Digital Opportunity Trust Julia Misselbrook Country Director UK
Doctors of the World UK Lucy Jones & Ellen Waters Co-Directors
Down Syndrome International Andrew Boys Executive Director
Engineers Against Poverty Petter Matthews Executive Director
Equality in Tourism Tricia Barnett Director
Equality Now Jacqui Hunt Director, Europe/Eurasia
Ethical Trading Initiative Peter McAllister Executive Director
Fairtrade Foundation Michael Gidney CEO
Feed the Minds Josephine Carlsson CEO
FIA Foundation Saul Billingsley Executive Director
Five Talents Rachel Lindley CEO
Food for the Hungry UK Paul Cornelius CEO
Gender and Development Network (GADN) Jessica Woodroffe Director
Global Citizen Marie Rumsby UK Director
Global Fund for Community Foundations Jenny Hodgson Executive Director
Global Giving Rachel Smith UK Esecutive Director
Harm Reduction International Naomi Burke-Shyne Executive Director
Health Communication Resources UK Jon Hargreaves Director
Health Poverty Action Martin Drewry CEO
HelpAge International Justin Derbyshire Chief Executive Officer
INSAP John Young Executive Director
Humanity & Inclusion UK Aleema Shivji Executive Director
Institute of Development Studies Professor Melissa Leach Director
Integrity Action Jasmina Haynes CEO
Interburns Tom Potokar Director
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Andrew Norton Director
International Health Partners Adele Paterson CEO
International Medical Corps UK Ognjen Radosavljevic Managing Director
International Rescue Committee UK Laura Kyrke-Smith Executive Director
International Service Michael Dockar Director
Islamic Relief UK Tufail Hussain UK Director
Leonard Cheshire Neil Heslop Chief Executive
Marie Stopes International Simon Cooke CEO
Malaria Consortium Charles Nelson CEO
Medical Aid Films Catherine McCarthy Chief Executive
Mercy Corps Simon O'Connell Executive Director
Minority Rights Group Joshua Castellino Executive Director
Mothers Union Bev Jullien Chief Executive
Muslim Hands UK Irfan Khan Director Humanitarian and International Partnerships
On Our Radar Laura Jump CEO
ONE Romilly Greenhill UK Director
Orbis UK Rebecca Cronin Chief Executive
Oxfam GB Danny Sriskandarajah Chief Executive
Peace Direct Dylan Mathews Chief Executive
PHOEBE Mollin Delve CEO
Plan International UK Rose Caldwell Executive Director
Population Matters Robin Maynard Director
Practical Action Paul Smith Lomas Chief Executive
Primary Care International Julia Beart Chief Executive Officer
Raleigh International Julian Olivier Deputy CEO
Relief International Nancy E. Wilson President & CEO
Restless Development Perry Maddox Chief Executive
RESULTS UK Aaron Oxley Executive Director
Saferworld Paul Murphy Executive Director
Salamander Trust Dr Alice Welbourn Founding Director
Save the Children UK Kevin Watkins CEO
SCI Foundation Dr Wendy Harrison Chief Executive
Scotland's International Development Alliance Jane Salmonson CEO
SENTAfrica Martin Jamieson Director
SKT Welfare Asif Hussain CEO
SOS Children's Villages UK Alison Wallace CEO
STOPAIDS Mike Podmore Director
Syria Relief Othman Moqbel CEO
TackleAfrica Charlie Gamble CEO
Tearfund Nigel Harris Chief Executive
Terre des hommes UK Tricia Young CEO
The Kambia Appeal Shona Lockyer Chair of Trustees
The Leprosy Mission England and Wales Peter Waddup National Director
THET Ben Simms CEO
Tools for Self Reliance Sarah Ingleby Chief Executive
Traidcraft Exchange Charlotte Timson Chief Executive
Unicef UK Nick Roseveare Interim CEO
Village Water Clare Wearden Director
Visions Consultancy Ltd. Sophie Strachan Director
VSO Philip Goodwin Chief Executive
War on Want Asad Rehman Executive Director
WaterAid Tim Wainwright Chief Executive
Women for Women International UK Brita Fernandez Schmidt Executive Director
World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) Julian Gore-Booth Chief Executive Officer
World Jewish Relief Paul Anticoni Chief Executive
World Vision UK Tim Pilkington Chief Executive
Y Care International Leigh Daynes CEO