Blue Book: the essential guide to working at DFID

Find out useful information about how to do things at DFID, including rules and tools.

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The programme sections of DFID’s Blue Book have been replaced by new Smart Rules


A – Overall Business Planning

C - Accountability and audit

E – Managing people

F - Conduct and propriety

G - Accommodation and workplace

H - Security

I - Information systems

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The Department for International Development’s online Blue Book is a manual of information about working practices.

Published 22 March 2013
Last updated 18 June 2014 + show all updates
  1. sections B, D, E and F revised 18 June 2014

  2. Chapter J7 updated

  3. Revised attachments: A, B, E, G, H and J

  4. Section J7: Communicating using DFID's external website amended.

  5. Minor changes made to Section A4 compliance task 5 and 6 also change to Section B2 complance task 7

  6. First published.