Over the period 2006 to 2013 DFID supported partnerships between higher education establishments based in the UK and in developing countries. Funding has now closed.
Greater investment is needed at all levels of education if we are to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Department for International Development (DFID) gives priority to supporting primary education for all children, especially girls, in countries that are off-track for reaching the MDGs for education. It will continue to do so.
But investment is also needed in secondary, tertiary and vocational education, lifelong learning and skills. This will increase the ability of governments and the private sector to deliver basic services and promote sustainable growth. The best way to do this is with a sector-wide approach, which means supporting the whole education system and using the contributions to education that other sectors make.
DFID supported up to 200 partnerships through the Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) programme. This amounted to £15 million over 7 years (2006 to 2013). In addition a further £3 million funding was made available for a DelPHE Iraq programme over 3 years 2009 to 2011. The DelPHE partnerships aimed to help reduce poverty, promote science and technology and meet the MDGs.
The programme will be managed by the British Council with assistance from the Association of Commonwealth Universities.