9 November 2017

In response to the appointment of Penny Mordaunt MP as the new secretary of state for international development, Bond is calling for continued commitment to ensuring aid and development deliver for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. 

Tamsyn Barton, Bond’s chief executive said:  

"We welcome the appointment of Penny Mordaunt MP as secretary of state for the Department for International Development. The Department for International Development is recognised across the world as one of the most effective, efficient, and innovative development agencies in the world. 
 
As the UK seeks to establish a new global identity there has never been a more important time to lead the Department for International Development. Much has been achieved through DFID thanks to the generosity of the British taxpayer, including the UK's commitment to accelerating the end of catastrophic epidemics such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; tackling famine in East Africa, and responding to the Syria conflict.

However, the world faces the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War and four countries stand on the brink of famine. It is therefore critical that the incoming secretary of state ensures that aid continues to deliver for the world’s poorest first and foremost. The incoming secretary of state must provide leadership on the SDGs, ensuring that no one is left behind, tackling global challenges affecting the poorest, including climate change, and ensuring that economic development is inclusive. We look forward to working with Penny Mordaunt on these issues."

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Notes to Editors

1. Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 450 civil society organisations and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.

2. For further information or interviews please contact Maryam Mohsin on 07555 336029 or mmohsin@bond.org.uk