This last week, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the Department for International Development (DfID) is to be merged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). We would like to add our humble voice to those of all shades of opinion deploring this move.

It is of course many years since Dfid was obliged to pull out of Peru. And it is also many years since the slide began whereby DfID’s core mission to fight global poverty began to be subsumed into the pursuit of more commercial and diplomatic interests. DfID played an important (but probably insufficiently recognised) role in the late 1990s and early 2000s in seeking at once to tackle poverty and exclusion in Peru while, following the fall of Fujimori in 2000, seeking to reaffirm the country’s fragile democratic institutions and commit these to policies of inclusion and social change.