Policy paper

DFID’s Economic Development Strategy 2017

DFID’s Economic Development Strategy sets out how Britain will establish new trade, investment and economic links and end global poverty.



Advancing economic development in the poorest countries is a hallmark of building Global Britain. It is an essential part of how Britain is helping make globalisation work for all and furthering our national interests by playing a leading role on the international stage. Life-changing progress comes from growth that transforms economies; that creates productive jobs and private sector investment; and that spreads benefits and opportunities right across society. This is essential to eradicate extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals that the world adopted in 2015 and end reliance on aid.

Published 31 January 2017