The UK’s development assistance through the Department for International Development (DFID) has been aligned with India’s national plans and priorities and has supplemented the efforts of the government of India towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
From 2008 to 2011, the emphasis of UK development assistance was on social sector programmes in areas such as health, education, rural livelihoods, and urban slum improvement through central programmes of the government of India as well as state-level programmes in five focus States (Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar).
In view of India’s growing economic status, the UK proposed that the development partnership between the UK and India should change beyond 2015. India and the United Kingdom have a long history of collaboration on development .
Following Ministerial and senior official discussions, both countries agreed to provide a new direction to the India-UK development partnership after 2015. The contours of the new arrangements agreed by the two countries will be as follows:
- financial grant to Government sector programmes will be discontinued
- technical cooperation will continue after 2015 focusing on policy cooperation and skills
exchange in areas such as growth, trade and investment, education and skills, health,
- the pro-poor Private Sector Development Initiative will continue in the 8 low
income states of India through Government sponsored institutions
- DFID’s partnership with NGOs and multilateral institutions will continue
- regarding collaboration on global and regional development issues, specific areas of
interest will be identified