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DFID Smart Rules: Better Programme Delivery

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

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The Smart Rules provide the operating framework for the Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) programmes. They do not cover non-programme elements of DFID’s operating framework (i.e. human resources, security and estates).

To eradicate poverty in a complex and fragile world, we need to transform the way DFID programmes are managed. Delivering results and addressing the underlying causes of poverty and conflict requires programmes that can adapt to and influence the local context.

DFID needs to maintain high standards of programme management and due diligence, in a wide range of difficult operating environments. We must make evidence-based decisions, apply professional judgement, act proportionately, ensure a clear audit trail of our decisions and be properly accountable to UK taxpayers in everything we do.

Published 17 July 2014
Last updated 16 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. New version of DFID Smart Rules.

  2. Revised version of Smart Rules uploaded, 2 October 2019

  3. New edition of Smart Rules covering 1 April 2019 to 1 October 2019 published.

  4. New interim edition. Concept note information added.

  5. Revised version of Smart Rules added

  6. Revised edition added 12 April 2018

  7. October 2017 version added

  8. April 2017 version now published

  9. October 2016 version added

  10. Updated version published

  11. Updated version added

  12. Updated version added July 2015

  13. Updated version added February 2015

  14. Revised version added October 2014

  15. Revised version (21 July 2014) added

  16. First published.