Giving Compass' Take:

· Global Citizen explains that the UK’s International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt is raising concern around the world for the future of the country's international aid initiatives. Mordaunt believes that the 0.7 percent of the country's gross national income allocated for international aid should be used for fundraising rather than spending. 

· Why is it important for the UK to continue funding international aid? What would happen if these funds were taken away? 

· Here's how the United Kingdom will approach international aid after Brexit


This week, the UK’s International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has sparked concern among charities by reportedly saying that it’s “unsustainable” to fund UK aid with taxpayers’ money.

UK aid is Britain’s contribution to the work that is being done all around the world to end extreme poverty — by empowering women and girls; helping children access education; and making sure people have clean water and enough to eat, among other things.

And it’s outlined in British law that the UK will spend 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) on international development — which in 2017 amounted to about £14.3 billion.

Mordaunt reportedly said the government’s department for international development (DfID) should be focused on fundraising rather than spending, and that more private funding could be part of the 0.7% target.

She's also reported in the Guardian to have said that development spending should be more in line with the UK’s strategy on national security — including defence and counter-terrorism.

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