The UK government launched its new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on September 2, 2020. The new department brings together staff from the UK’s former Department for International Development (DFID) and the former Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) under a single executive management team led by the Secretary of State, Dominic Raab.
While most of DFID’s existing divisions and teams will remain in place, for now, a new integrated working structure is being planned and is expected to be put in place by April 2021.
Dominic Raab used the launch to reaffirm the government’s commitment to spending 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) on official development assistance (ODA). The launch was also used to announce new senior appointments to the FCDO. These include the appointment of:
- Stefan Dercon, as special advisor to the Secretary of State. Dercon is a professor of economic policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and a former Chief Economist of DFID;
- Rachel Glennerster, as the FCDO’s first Chief Economist. Prior to the merger, Glennerster was DFID’s chief economist; and
- Nick Dyer, as the UK’s first Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs. He was formerly DFID’s Acting Permanent Secretary.