Press release 16th Jun 2020

Statement on the Merger of DFID and the FCO

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16th June, London – Responding to today’s announcement that the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) will be merged with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Daniel Bruce, Chief Executive at Transparency International UK, said:

“We encourage the Government, in conducting this merger, to ensure the new department builds on DFID’s admirable record for aid transparency and publishes full details of its spending in a timely, regular and accessible manner.

“Transparency over aid spending is vital to ensure limited resources help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. In order for taxpayers to have confidence that the UK’s aid budget is being used efficiently, it’s essential that details on where this money is spent, who is spending it and the impact of those funds are made available. The evidence tells us that the FCO will have much to gain from the DFID approach to transparency.”

 

Notes to editors:

DFID received a ‘very good’ rating and a score of 90.6 in the 2018 Aid Transparency Index, an independent measure of aid transparency among the world’s major development agencies.

The Index praises DFID for its regular, timely and regular publication of spending details and its work to standardise its data using the IATI format, which allows it to be easily compared to data from other development agencies.

The FCO received a ‘poor’ rating with a score of 34.3. The Index notes there are gaps in the data from the FCO, which is published less than quarterly. Of the data that is published, nearly half of it does not conform to the IATI standard.