Reaction to decision to spend UK aid through Department for International Trade

22 July 2019

Reacting to the news that some UK aid money is to be spent by the Department for International Trade (DIT), Mary Milne, Head of Campaigns & Communications at the UK’s specialist trade and development charity, Traidcraft Exchange said:


“Trade shapes our economic relationships with the world’s poorest countries, so it is vitally important to do more to bring together trade and international development - but this is not the way to do it.


“Aid spending must be held to the highest possible standards to ensure its effectiveness at reducing poverty and fighting climate change. And given DIT’s clear interest in boosting trade to gain benefits for Britain and British business after Brexit, it is difficult to see how it – rather than DFID – is best placed to ensure aid money benefits those who need it most.”


For more information or to interview Mary Milne please contact Tom Sharman: / 0191 497 6443 or 07757 753 318


Notes for editors:

  • Traidcraft Exchange is an international development charity which uses the power of trade to bring about lasting solutions to poverty. It runs development programmes in South Asia and Africa, works directly with businesses to improve their supply chains, and does advocacy and campaigning in the UK to promote justice and fairness in international trade. It works closely with specialist fair trade company Traidcraft plc. Traidcraft Exchange is a registered charity, no. 1048752:

  • The BBC reported ‘Aid budget to be used by International Trade Department’ on 22 July 2019:

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