What we do

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. 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.

Responsibilities

We are responsible for:

  • honouring the UK’s international commitments and taking action to achieve the Millennium Development 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

Priorities

Education

By 2015 we will:

  • help 9 million children in primary school, at least half of which will be girls
  • help 2 million children in lower secondary school
  • train more than 190,000 teachers and improve the quality of education and children’s learning

Health

By 2015 we will:

  • help immunise more than 55 million children against preventable diseases
  • save the lives of at least 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth and 250,000 newborn babies
  • help at least 10 million more women to use modern methods of family planning by 2015
  • help halve malaria deaths in 10 of the worst affected countries

Economic growth and the private sector

By 2015 we will:

  • provide more than 50 million people with the means to help work their way out of poverty
  • help up to half of the countries in Africa benefit from freer trade
  • secure the right to land and property for more than 6 million people

Governance and conflict

To make countries safer and fairer we will:

  • devote 30% of our aid to war-torn and unstable countries by 2014
  • support freer and fairer elections in 13 countries
  • help 10 million women to access justice through the courts, police and legal assistance
  • help 40 million people to hold authorities to account

Climate and environment

Our 4 main areas of focus are:

  • helping the poorest people adapt to the effects of climate change on their lives and livelihoods
  • helping poor countries develop in ways that avoid or reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and enabling millions of people to benefit from clean energy
  • protecting the world’s forests and the livelihoods of the 1.2 billion people who depend on them
  • encouraging global action on climate change

Water and sanitation

By 2015 we will:

  • reach 60 million people with access to water, sanitation and/or hygiene

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.

Funding

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 2 scams:

  • emails being sent to members of public in Eastern Europe. These emails offer the recipient DFID grants of £450,000 in return for personal information and are often signed by Alan Duncan and, in some examples, Justine Greening. Do not reply to these emails and please contact fraud@dfid.gov.uk with any concerns

  • emails are also being sent out using the name of Lesley Bailey Esq who is being portrayed as the Company Secretary/Legal Advisor for DFID. The emails offer a share of a grant of one million dollars to 100 recipients in exchange for personal information. 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

Our guide to rules and tools (Blue Book)

The guide to rules and tools (known as the Blue Book) sets out core information about how to do things in DFID.

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.

Corporate information

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Corporate reports

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