Dear <<First Name>>
You will probably be as dismayed as I was to hear that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a merger between the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
At RESULTS, we firmly believe that this decision is wrong and will diminish the UK’s ability to fight global poverty, which is what aid should always be about. The Prime Minister’s stated aim of bringing together the UK’s foreign policy objectives and international development spending will clearly reduce the focus of UK aid on poverty reduction.
The purpose of international aid is to help the poorest and most marginalised people, and is part of our country’s moral responsibility to contribute to a more just world. Now is a crucial moment to fight to ensure that the UK’s aid spending remains the best it possibly can be, in the interest of the people whose lives are likely to be affected by this decision.
As part of the RESULTS Week of Action starting this coming Monday, some of you will already have virtual meetings with your MP in your diaries, to discuss the additional funding needed for the Global Fund’s response to COVID-19. If you feel able to, please do consider also discussing the future of UK aid with them. To help you do this, we have prepared these talking points. The support of MPs will be vital to ensure that the mechanisms set up to administer UK aid remain as effective as possible and focused exclusively on poverty reduction rather than national self-interest.
Some MPs have already spoken out against the decision to abolish DFID, and some will have signed this Early Day Motion opposing the move. It’s worth checking if your MP has signed this motion already, and if not, asking them to do so.
Our July campaign action will be to follow up your meeting with a letter, asking your MP to write to the Prime Minister about his decision and to get a commitment to creating the structures in Government and Parliament that we need to see in order to keep UK aid as effective, transparent, and as true to the purpose of poverty reduction as it possibly can be, so any conversation you can have with your MP now is by no means the end of our engagement on this critical issue.
With many thanks for your support as always,