Andrew  Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell

Secretary of State for International Development

Date of Birth: 23/03/1956
Place of Birth: London

Since May, Andrew Mitchell has been head of the Department for International Development in Britain’s new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. Along with aid, DFID produces research on development issues. Its budget was one of the few to survive Chancellor George Osborne’s harsh cuts. Britain’s international aid commitment will increase to 0.7% of national income by 2013.

Taking the view that the Chinese presence in Africa is an opportunity rather than a threat to British interests, Mitchell said in October that cooperation with China in Africa was a ‘high priority’ for his government and discussions for joint projects were already under way.

Mitchell took control of DFID promising to get Britain’s commitment to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals ‘back on track’. In October, the Global Poverty Action Fund was created to target countries lagging behind MDG benchmarks. Then, late last month, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact was launched under chartered accountant Graham Ward; it will rate the viability of 20 projects a year on a traffic-light system: red, amber or green. Next up is reform of the Commonwealth Development Corporation, now known as CDC Group, Britain’s development finance body.

Mitchell was born in 1956 in London. He served in the Army’s Royal Tank Regiment before going to Cambridge University, where he studied history. After graduation, he joined investment bank Lazard, where he worked in its International and Corporate Business Department. In 1987, aged 31, he was elected as member of Parliament for Gedling, a seat he held for a decade. He returned to Parliament in 2001 as MP for Sutton Coldfield and was Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs (2003-04), Home Affairs (2004-05), and then International Development (2005-10).

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Losing ground at the AU

Last year, Andrew Mitchell, then DfID Secretary, told Parliament Sudan’s total debt was £38 bn...

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Monitoring on hold

After repeated requests for information about the Board – promoted at the Conference as a solution to the accusations of embezzlement and fraud against members of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), DfID sent AC a statement by the then Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell...

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The honeymoon’s over

Britain’s International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, visited in June, bringing an aid package of £33 mn...

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The Accra boosters

An opinion column by Britain’s Development Minister, Andrew Mitchell from the dominant Conservative Party claimed his country’s vital role in Ghana’s progress, commending its ‘vibrant democracy’ and arguing that Whitehall’s support had helped employment, built schools and raised health standards...

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David meets Jacob

The original schedule for Cameron’s first Africa trip included Rwanda (a favourite of International Development Minister Andrew Mitchell) and freshly independent South Sudan but was cut down to a day in South Africa and a stop in Lagos to meet Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan because of the crisis at home with the Murdochs...

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Prosperity and paranoia

Yet the enthusiasm of British International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, a former Royal Tank Regiment officer, for Kagame’s rule is undiminished and former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s African Governance Initiative is still sending young British professionals to work in Rwanda’s civil service...

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Selective divestment

Last April, the Conservative Shadow Secretary for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, with full support from party leader David Cameron, introduced a motion in Parliament calling for British companies to withdraw from Sudan in protest against ethnic cleansing; he highlighted the role of oil production and petrodollars in fuelling atrocities in Darfur...

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The big guns salute

BAE Systems' Head of Offset Campaigns, Steve Jackman, wrote to British MPs Hugh Bayley (Chairman of the Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group), John Robertson (Chairman of the Nigeria All-Party group), Malcom Bruce (Chairman of the International Development Committee) and Andrew Mitchell to facilitate a meeting or a lunch at which Sani would outline his 'thoughts and potential policies' as President...

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