The top civil servant at the UK's Department for International Development’s (DFID), Matthew Rycroft, has left his post as Permanent Secretary of the department to join the UK’s Home Office. Nick Dyer, DFID's Director of Economic Development and International has taken on the role of acting permanent secretary on a temporary basis as a recruitment process is carried out.
There has been a mixed response to the announcement from UK civil society, with some thanking Rycroft for the energy and stability he brought to his role. Others, however, have been more critical of his performance noting that he often failed to listen to those below him.
UK civil society wais nervously to hear who the new appointment will be. There are concerns that the new appointee could be a former official from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and that this might signal a further step in a potential merger between the two departments.