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Response to reports on the future of the Department for International Development

Following media reports on the future of the Department of International Development Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive of Save the Children, said:

“It’s hugely encouraging to read news reports that the Government intends to retain an independent Department for International Development. DFID is a world leader in providing effective, transparent and well targeted aid that makes a transformative difference for the world’s poorest children, and sets an example not just across Government but across the globe. 

"As the UK seeks to reshape its global role, an effective and well-funded Foreign Office and an expert, independent Department for International Development will both be vital tools, playing distinct roles to advance the UK’s national interest and the interests of the world’s poorest people.”

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