Giving Compass' Take:

• Imogen Calderwood shares the UK's plans for international aid in the wake of Brexit, including mobilizing public and private investment for global development. 

• How can funders work to help countries develop impactful aid strategies? 

• Read more about the role of international development

Penny Mordaunt, the UK’s international development secretary, has laid out what Brexit could mean for Britain’s overseas aid.

At what Mordaunt described as a “crucial stage of the Brexit negotiations,” she set out her vision for increasing British investment in developing countries, by mobilising the private sector.

“Global Britain wants mutual prosperity,” she told journalists on Tuesday. “And we want to use our development programmes to build the foundation of a more inclusive global economy. We have just over a decade left to deliver the Global Goals [to end extreme poverty], and we’re off track and we face a financing gap of $2.5 trillion per year.”

“We remain committed to 0.7%, but as we do so, we should ensure that the British public get a triple return on their generosity and compassion,” she said. “A personal return to them, a stronger Britain, and a more prosperous and stable world. This is a once in a generation opportunity, and we hope others will also consider this agenda.”

The response from charities has been to emphasis that UK aid must always prioritise alleviating suffering and ending extreme poverty, and the new emphasis on trade mustn’t detract from that.

Questions need to be asked about how to ensure UK aid continues to be focused on ending extreme poverty, and about how to ensure transparency, and ensure that humanitarian and development assistance isn’t linked to trade deals.

Read the full article about the UK's international aid by Imogen Calderwood at Global Citizen.