Priti Patel on the vital importance of UK aid

29 June 2017

Last night Priti Patel, the Secretary of State for International Development, outlined her vision of why British aid remains of vital importance to a packed room of MPs, Peers, NGOs and civil society organisations. She also announced that the Small Charities Challenge Fund will open next week. 

Here are the key points from the speech: 

  • In a world of serious threats to UK and global stability, pandemics, diseases, international terrorism, poverty and human suffering, Britain’s leadership on the world stage is more important than ever.
  • Britain’s leadership through UK aid is a badge of hope across the world and a crucial part of our global influence. We will use Britain’s leading position to challenge and reform the global aid system, so that it is ready for the challenges of the 21st Century and ensure we are delivering the best results for the world’s poorest and value for money for British taxpayers.
  • The UK Government will continue to build a Great British offer on development that draws on a diverse coalition of partners including the very best of our civil society organisations, our faith organisations, our business community and our science community to tackle complex global challenges.
  • DFID is looking to improve the global systems that govern and deliver UK aid, they must be prepared to meet the global challenges of the 21st century; multilateral institutions must be improved and strengthened to ensure that aid is the most effective it can be. 
  • The UK Government will not shy away from tough conversations on aid reform.
  • Across Africa,  great strides in human development but this has not been matched by levels of economic growth and, crucially, not the kind of sustainable, inclusive growth that delivers for everyone and creates jobs for the young people of Africa. 
  • This is a continent on Europe’s doorstep - with a fast-growing, young and restless population, mired in conflict and instability. If these young people remain permanently excluded, with jobs and opportunities always out of reach, then extremist causes are clearly much more likely to thrive. 
  • Small charities, in the past, haven’t always had access to DFID or its funding. Next week the Small Charities Challenge Fund will open. It is for charities with an annual income of less than £250k and will disperse grants of £50k
  • As we exit the EU, Britain has a unique opportunity to redefine and deepen our relationship with Africa: to put the long-term prosperity and stability of Africa at the heart of the UK’s Africa policy.

Read the speech in full on the DFID website.