About us

What we do

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for all of us which is firmly in the UK’s national interest. We're ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.


We are 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


  • 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

Read our Single Departmental Plan to find out more about how we are performing against our objectives.

Who we are

The Department for International Development (DFID) was set up in 1997. We employ around 2,700 staff who work in our offices in London, East Kilbride and globally.

Where we work

We work directly in 28 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East:

We will also have 3 regional programmes in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and development relationships with 3 aid dependent Overseas Territories – St Helena, the Pitcairn Islands and Montserrat.

And we will continue to work flexibly as and where necessary, including with the international community, to provide humanitarian assistance where it is needed.

International Development Acts

Two acts of parliament have helped to put development higher on the national agenda. The International Development Act 2002 clarified the purpose of aid spending as poverty reduction while the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006 defined DFID’s annual reporting to Parliament through its Annual Report.

Case studies

Our case studies explore the impact of DFID’s work and provide real-life examples of our policies in practice.


We fund many organisations that are working to end poverty.

Find out about how our funding schemes work and how to apply.

Reporting fraud

Our Counter Fraud and Whistleblowing Unit (CFWU) is the central point for raising concerns, suspicions and/or allegations of fraud or corrupt practices. This includes both internal and external cases where DFID funds, assets or interests (including DFID’s reputation) are involved, as well as any breach of the Civil Service Code.

We are currently aware of the following:

  • a fraudulent email that has been sent to a number of NGOs claiming to be an invitation to a ‘Funding Summit’ from the UKAid Match team. The information contained in this email is wholly incorrect and is in no way connected to DFID. We are asking all our partners to ignore this email and not to provide a response

  • DFID is aware of a website purporting to be the official DFID website. This is a fake website and Fund Aid for Development (FAFD) is not affiliated with DFID. FAFD is allegedly requesting that organisations pay a processing fee in order to have funding released

  • letters with the Department for International Development (DFID) and the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) logos are being sent to individuals in Nigeria offering recipients the opportunity to attend meetings and interviews with a view to a job placement. These letters are false and it is advised that you do not reply or attend any meetings before checking with connect@savi-nigeria.org or DFID Fraud@dfid.gov.uk

  • emails are being sent out to undisclosed recipients using the name Bob Hickerson, who is purporting to represent the international Aid Grant United Kingdom. This email offers a free grant to the recipient for their education, home repairs etc. and includes a link to the DFID International Funding page . It is advised that you do not reply to this email and contact fraud@dfid.gov.uk with your concerns.

The CFWU has a dedicated secure email address for raising all concerns and suspicions of fraud: fraud@dfid.gov.uk

Alternatively, any concerns can be reported by:

  • calling the confidential hotline on +44 (0)1355 843747
  • writing to the Head of Internal Audit, Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road, East Kilbride, G75 8EA United Kingdom

Your information will be treated in confidence. You do not have to provide personal details, however such information will assist us in taking forward your concerns and enable us to provide you with a response on the outcome. If you ask us not to disclose your identity we will not do so without your consent, unless required by law.

If you are concerned about confidentiality you may wish to contact Public Concern At Work, an independent charity, which provides free legal advice on reporting of concerns.

Contact details 020 7404 6609 / helpline@pcaw.co.uk

National Fraud Initiative 2016/17

The use of DFID data to prevent or detect fraud.

DFID is participating in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) 2016/17 data matching exercise carried out by the Cabinet Office. We are required by law to protect public funds that we administer and our participation in the NFI will assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.

We are participating on a voluntary basis and will provide the Cabinet Office with details of our trade creditors as set out in the Cabinet Office’s guidance.

This form of data matching involves comparing computer records held by one public body against those held by other public bodies to establish if there are any corresponding records. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where an inconsistency is found it may indicate that further investigation is necessary.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act, 1998. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.
Further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and reasons why it matches particular information.

Our guide to how we manage our programmes (Smart Rules) and administration (Blue Book)

The Smart Rules provide the operating framework for the Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) programmes.

The Blue Book (admin only) has been revised and now covers all non-programme elements of DFID’s operating framework (ie human resources, security and estates).

Corporate communications

The UK aid logo is designed to help publicly acknowledge that the development programmes we and our partners deliver are funded by UK taxpayers.

Staff in DFID and our partner governments and organisations can download the artwork for the UK aid logo and instructions on how and when to use it.

All organisations delivering DFID-funded programmes must use the UK aid logo in accordance with our standards for use.

No other organisation is permitted to use the logo without our permission.

Contact DFID

Check online for the information you need before you contact DFID.

Find out how to:

We cannot help with asylum requests, visa applications or issues relating to entry to the United Kingdom as these are Home Office responsibilities.

Contact DFID

You can call the DFID general enquiries line if you can’t find the information you need online.

DFID general enquiries Telephone: 0300 200 3343 Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

You can also email enquiry@dfid.gov.uk. We aim to reply within 15 days and we will forward your email to another government department if they are better placed to respond to your enquiry.

Corporate information

Read about the types of information we routinely publish in our Publication scheme. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information.

Corporate reports