In a final round of voting, which knocked out Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak came out as the final two contenders for the UK's top leadership role. Conservative party members will vote on the next Prime Minister, who will take office in September.
Truss and Sunak have clashed over policy during their campaigns and throughout current Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government.
Sunak, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, is the favorite to win followed by Truss, the current Foreign Minister. Sunak has been accused, by those in the development sector, of imposing further reductions on an already reduced ODA budget by counting debt relief and vaccine donations as ODA. While these actions fall within the rules set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as ODA-eligible contributions, many NGOs feel they should not be counted as ODA, especially given the UK's recent decision to slash its overall development budget. As Foreign Secretary, Truss has worked extensively in international development, but advocates criticized the UK's new strategy, which was released in May 2022.