Publication scheme

Information about the categories of information contained in the publication scheme.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, every public body in the UK must produce a publication scheme. The scheme makes it easy for you to access information about our activities.

Categories of information in the publication scheme

Who we are and what we do

Organisations we are responsible for

We are responsible for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, a non-departmental public body that awards scholarships and fellowships to Commonwealth citizens who wish to study in the UK.

Organisations we work in partnership with

We work with a wide range of organisations, both in the UK and internationally.

Organisations we sponsor

We have Programme Partnership Arrangements (PPAs) with a variety of civil society organisations that share our ethos and vision. We also support organisations through our funding opportunities.


We work towards achieving the Global Goals.


What we spend and how we spend it

Our priorities and how we are doing

How we make decisions

Visit Our governance for information about the committees that advise on and monitor the decisions DFID’s ministerial team makes.

We recognise that when developing policies, consulting with a wide range of interested groups helps us make sure we’ve taken into account the impact of the proposals on different sectors of society.

Our policies and procedures

  • The Smart Rules provide the operating framework for the Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) programmes
  • Rules and tools for staff – guidance on rules, procedures and policies for all staff
  • Policies and procedures for recruiting staff – information on how we recruit staff
  • Personal data policy – information on how we will handle your personal data and how you can access it
  • Public enquiries – the Public Enquiry Point can answer many of your questions or put you in touch with other officials who can help
  • Complaints procedure – if you are dissatisfied with any part of the service DFID offers, you can lodge a complaint

Services we offer

Lists and registers