Please note that during 2011 we simplified our Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) process to reflect the requirements of the new Equality Act 2010. We replaced EIAs with a more streamlined Equality Screening (ES) process through which policy and decision makers consider the effect their policies, services and decisions have on equality and the protected groups listed in the Equality Act. Please also note that while the Equality Act is not directly applicable overseas, DFID does apply the principles of best practice in our overseas offices through a similar business planning tool (Gender and Social Exclusion Analysis Framework) ensuring that DFID’s poverty reduction programmes reach the poorest and most excluded.
The number of Equalities Impact Assessments your department completed in each of the last three years (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12)
The number of Equality Impact Assessments or Equality Screenings completed by DFID in each year was as follows:
- 2009-10: 6 (EIA)
- 2010-11:12 (EIA and ES)
- 2011-12: 1 (ES)
The number of staff in your department working on equality/diversity issues (including equalities officers and anyone else involved). Please provide data for each of the last three years (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12)
Diversity is central to DFID’s work as a global organisation and all staff have a role to play and responsibility for taking action. Leadership on diversity and equality is provided by the DFID Management Board. There are also over 80 Social Development Advisors now working in DFID’s overseas offices who conduct social appraisals in each country. This includes ensuring equality considerations are fully integrated in all decision making.
In addition, DFID’s corporate Equality and Diversity Team sets the overall strategy in DFID and implements central initiatives, facilitates best practice and provides policy advice and support to DFID staff. The number of staff working in this team (full-time equivalents) in each year was as follows:
- 2009-10: 3
- 2010-11: 2.75
- 2011-12: 2.75
If any similar Freedom of Information requests have been made, I would be grateful if you could include your responses to them in your answer.
DFID has responded to one previous FOI request on Equality Impact Assessments, a copy of which is attached at Disclosure 1. Please note that we have redacted the name and address of the requester under Section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act as we believe that releasing these details would breach the legitimate expectation of the right of an individual to protection of their personal information.