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Changes to the Department for International Development - 9 June 2010

The new international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, has announced “a fundamental change in direction” in aid spending by the Department.

The new secretary states that he has made moves to establish a watchdog to make sure aid spending is getting value for money, and introduced the UKAid Transparency Guarantee, which will see information about all the department’s spending made available on its website and to beneficiaries overseas.

The minister said that the government plans to redirect £100m “from projects that are low-priority or that are not performing, to programmes that have a better success rate in improving the lives of the world’s poor”. The announcement comes two weeks after he declared an immediate freeze on £6.5m worth of ‘awareness’ projects, such as a Brazilian-style dance troupe in Hackney.

The DFID Development Innovation Fund closed early due to cuts.

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