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Tuesday 4th August 5.30pm

The Super Department? The Future for the FCDO

The UK has a proud history as a world leader in international aid – it is the only country to meet the target to spend 0.7% of GNI on overseas development. The Government has recently announced it will merge the Foreign & Commonwealth and International Development Departments in the Autumn this year. How will integration work? What is the future for UK Aid within the combined department?

We will look ahead to the publication of the Integrated Review of foreign policy, defence, security and international development, and examine what priorities and objectives are likely to be. We will ask, as Britain prepares to hold the G7 Presidency, and host COP26 next year, how will this merger affect the UK’s influence and impact on the world stage? And finally, what lessons can be drawn from other countries, who have also merged development and foreign affairs departments?

Laura Round (Chair)

Former Special Adviser
Department for International Development and the Cabinet Office

Amy Johnson

Government Relations Manager
World Vision UK

Harriett Baldwin MP

Former Minister of State at the Department for International Development
UK Government

Hon John McKay MP

Chair, House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety & National Defence and Chair, Canadian Section of the Canada-United States Permanent Joint Board on Defence 
Government of Canada

Nadine Haddad

Conflict and Fragility Lead
World Vision Australia

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