Mr Johnson, the former foreign secretary wrote the foreword to the report, and he agreed the UK needed to be “smarter” in the way it spends its aid budget which in 2016 was worth more than £13 billion.
Mr Johnson insisted he did not want to “despoil” Dfid of its budget but said the money could be better spent.
“The aid budget is something that wins us friends and admirers around the world,” he said.
“I think what Bob Seely is saying in his pamphlet is that we could make sure that 0.7 per cent, a huge sum of money, was spent more in line with Britain’s political, commercial and diplomatic interests.”
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