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Andrew Mitchell has done well - now DFID needs an exit strategy from aid

September 4 2012 - Commenting on the Cabinet reshuffle as it affects the Department for International Development (DFID), Christian Aid Director Loretta Minghella said:

‘Andrew Mitchell has made a huge impact during his time at DFID. In incredibly difficult economic circumstances and despite strong pressure from some within his own party to balance the UK’s books on the backs of the poorest, he has defended the aid budget with passion. His determination and courage have helped protect the Government’s commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income on overseas aid by 2013.

‘But we have been and remain impatient to see the Government go further, especially in helping to end aid dependency. Aid alone will never end poverty, so we’d like to see DFID implement a credible exit strategy from aid.

‘That would help poor countries generate their own resources, not least through more successful tax collection, including action against tax-dodging multinationals. This is what we will be pushing DFID on, in the months and years to come.’

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