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:
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Occupied Palestinian Territories
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
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.
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.
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:
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns.
The CFWU has a dedicated secure email address for raising all concerns and suspicions of fraud: email@example.com
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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.