Bond statement in response to International Development Committee report on DFID’s Economic Development Strategy

Claire Godfrey, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Bond the UK’s network of International Development NGOs said:

“Trade and investment are both important tools which help lift countries out of poverty and help people survive during conflict so we welcome DFID’s efforts to promote growth. However, these efforts must not be weighted in favour of UK trade at the cost of helping the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalised people in the world.

To keep those we seek to help at the heart of our economic development strategy, DFID needs to better understand how we can reach those at risk of being left behind such as women, youth and people with disabilities. DFID should also work to avoid forms of economic development that actually increase inequality, prevent people escaping poverty, and are harmful to the environment.”

Notes to Editor

  1. International Development Committee Publication of Report: DFID’S Economic Development Strategy will be published 00.01 BST on Tuesday 17th July, 2018 here:
  2. Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 450 civil society organisations and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
  3. For further information please contact Maryam Mohsin, [email protected] or 07555 336029