Policy paper

UK government's strategy for international development

This strategy sets out the UK government’s new approach to international development.

This was published under the 2019 to 2022 Johnson Conservative government


The UK government's strategy for international development


The strategy puts development at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy. It will deepen economic, security and development ties globally, while delivering jobs and growth in both the UK and low- and middle-income countries

The strategy sets out 4 priorities:

  • deliver honest, reliable investment through British Investment Partnerships, building on the UK’s financial expertise and the strengths of the City of London, in line with the Prime Minister’s vision for the Clean Green Initiative
  • provide women and girls with the freedom they need to succeed, unlocking their future potential, educating girls, supporting their empowerment and protecting them against violence
  • step up the UK’s life-saving humanitarian work to prevent the worst forms of human suffering around the world. The UK will lead globally for a more effective international response to humanitarian crises
  • take forward UK leadership on climate change, nature and global health. The strategy will put the UK commitments made during the UK’s Presidency of G7 and COP26, UK global leadership in science and technology, and the UK’s COVID-19 response, at the core of its international development work

This strategy sets the direction for all of the UK government’s development work. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will oversee cross-government efforts to deliver the strategy. The FCDO will draw on expertise from the private sector, civil society and academia to advise and challenge us on implementation.

Updates to this page

Published 16 May 2022
Last updated 29 August 2023 + show all updates
  1. Link added for the 2023 progress report on the strategy.

  2. First published.

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