Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Reorganisation

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 14th October 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which NGOs (a) were consulted in advance of and (b) supported the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We engaged with 26 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) including BOND, who in turn represent over 400 organisations, in round-table discussions with ministers to discuss the merger of the FCO and DfID and hear views. We have also engaged with organisations such as Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee and Amnesty International.

Engagement has also been carried out with key figures in several international organisations - Including Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the WHO, David Malpass, President of the World Bank, the International Committee of the Red Cross and UNHCR. We will continue ongoing engagement with UK and international CSOs, including on issues relating to the merger.

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