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The Dfid/FCO merger is an expensive distraction—but we have to make the best of it

It could create opportunities to improve both British aid and diplomacy if done properly

By Charlotte Powell  

When Boris Johnson announced the merger of the Foreign Office and Department for International Development (Dfid) he said that he wanted to be more transactional with British aid and to align it more closely with his “Global Britain” agenda. But critics, including former International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, believe that dismantling Dfid will not solve the real problem facing the UK: that there is no confident vision for the UK and its role in the world. Questions about who Britain will trade with after the Brexit transition…

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