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IDS response to FCDO update on UK aid budget 2021-22

Published on 21 April 2021

In response to today’s update on FCDO cuts to ODA by the UK Foreign Secretary, Professor Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies, said:

“The cuts to the UK ODA budget will have devastating long-term consequences for millions of the poorest people in the world and will damage the UK’s global reputation as a leader in development and international research.

“In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and in a year when the UK hosts the G7 and COP26, the Government should be taking a leadership position on international development and cooperation. Instead, these cuts are effectively reducing the UK’s contribution to tackling the global challenges that affect us all – poverty and inequalities, disease and climate change.

“The budget reduction for UK aid-funded research, in particular, is a significant blow – dismantling world-leading science partnerships that have taken years to build and dramatically reducing the capacity for high quality, interdisciplinary research that is essential to improving the lives of people globally.”

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