Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. DFID uses UK aid to build a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.


DFID is  responsible for:

  • honouring the UK’s international commitments and taking action to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals
  • making British aid more effective by improving transparency, openness and value for money
  • targeting British international development policy on economic growth and wealth creation
  • improving the coherence and performance of British international development policy in fragile and conflict-affected countries
  • improving the lives of girls and women through better education and a greater choice on family planning
  • preventing violence against girls and women in the developing world
  • helping to prevent climate change and encouraging adaptation and low-carbon growth in developing countries

DFID’s Strategic Priorities

  • strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • strengthening resilience and response to crisis
  • promoting global prosperity
  • tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable
  • delivering value for money

Where DFID works

DFID works across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, many of which are fragile or at risk from fragile neighbours, and  also has regional programmes in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and development relationships with 3 aid dependent Overseas Territories – St Helena, the Pitcairn Islands and Montserrat. In addition to working directly in countries, DFID also gives UK Aid through multi-country global programmes and core contributions to multilaterals.

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