Programme Partnership Arrangements (PPAs)

This fund is now closed. The Programme Partnership Arrangements closed in December 2016.

This guidance was withdrawn on

This guidance was withdrawn on 19 April 2018. The fund is now closed.


Programme Partnership Arrangements (PPAs) were longer-term agreements with civil society organisations (CSOs) with global reach and expertise. They achieved real results in terms of poverty reduction and provided good value for money (demonstrated through competitive selection). PPAs also contributed to the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals by supporting citizens to improve their lives, delivering services to specific groups of poor people and holding governments and others to account. They were designed to help us get the most out of the money provided to these organisations and required rigorous reporting back every year.

Responsible department

Inclusive Societies Department, Policy and Global Programmes Directorate, Department for International Development

Enquiries about the PPA

Any questions about the PPA should be addressed to:

From 2011 to 2016, DFID held PPAs with the organisations in the table below:

PPA agency Level of funding Period
ActionAid £23,684,273 2011-2016
ADD International £6,519,493 2011-2016
Article 19 £3,120,450 2011-2016
Asia Foundation £14,058,922 2011-2016
Avocats Sans Frontieres £8,340,093 2011-2016
British Red Cross £9,418,460 2011-2016
CAFOD £24,021,448 2011-2016
Care International £18,591,291 2011-2016
CDA Inc £2,822,880 2011-2016
Christian Aid £41,721,578 2011-2016
Conciliation Resources £5,764,828 2011-2016
Development Initiatives £2,826,066 2011-2016
Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) £2,310,177 2011-2016
Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO) £16’500,000 2011-2016
Farm Africa £17,700,052 2011-2016
Gender links £3,592,986 2011-2016
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition GAIN £18,111,328 2011-2016
HelpAge International £15,354,046 2011-2016
International Alert £10,000,170 2011-2016
International HIV/AIDS Alliance £22,376,831 2011-2016
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) £47,300,000 2011-2016
Islamic Relief £5,749,150 2011-2016
UK Malaria Consortium £15,354,046 2011-2016
MAPAction £869,158 2011-2016
Marie Stopes International £25,030,049 2011-2016
Norwegian Refugee Councilt £14,623,083 2011-2016
OXFAM £64,233,457 2011-2016
Penal Reform International £6,217,917 2011-2016
People in Aid £1,189,093 2011-2016
Plan UK £24,106,066 2011-2016
Practical action £16,623,600 2011-2016
Progressio £11,643,836 2011-2016
Restless Development £16,295,381 2011-2016
Saferworld £10,000,170 2011-2016
Save the Children £54,099,804 2011-2016
Sightsavers £21,497,399 2011-2016
Transparency International £19,402,478 2011-2016
Water Aid £24,159,430 2011-2016
Womankind Worldwide £3,222,202 2011-2016
World Vision UK £22,642,148 2011-2016
WWF UK £17,769,547 2011-2016

You can find older content on PPAs on our archived site.


Information on organisations funded through the PPA


ActionAid is a campaigning non-governmental organisation (NGO) that works in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They have 6 linked priority areas: education, hunger, HIV & AIDS, food, emergencies, women and girls. ActionAid works with local organisations to ensure that the poor have a voice, and to address both the causes and consequences of poverty.

Action on disability in development (ADD)

ADD works in Africa and Asia to enhance the effectiveness of organisations working with disabled people, to change policy and attitudes and to ensure they are included in all aspects of global poverty reduction work.

Article 19

Article 19 takes its name from Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on freedom of expression and opinion. In collaboration with partners across the world, Article 19 aims to strengthen national capacities and build or reform institutions and policies to protect transparency and the free flow of information.

Asia Foundation

Based in the US, the Asia Foundation was established in 1954 and currently works in 18 countries in the Asia Pacific region. The foundation supports Asian initiatives to improve governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, the environment and regional cooperation.

Avocats Sans Frontieres (ASF)

ASF is based in Belgium but works in fragile or post-conflict countries. It has permanent offices in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Nepal. ASF’s aim is to contribute to the establishment of institutions and mechanisms that allow for access to independent and impartial justice, and which are capable of guaranteeing the protection of fundamental rights (civil and political, economic and social, including the right to a fair trial).

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. Currently working in 31 countries, the British Red Cross aims to enable vulnerable people to prepare for, and respond to, emergencies in their own communities, and then to move on with their lives.


CAFOD, the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales, works in more than 40 countries. It has more than 500 overseas partners (people of all faiths and none) to reduce poverty. The agency supports people to make a living, responds to humanitarian disasters and undertakes wider campaigning and advocacy activities.

Care International UK

Care International UK works to create lasting change in poor communities. In 2011 they worked in 84 countries, supporting 1015 poverty-fighting projects that reached more than 122 million people. Projects include the provision of clean water and health services, disaster response, strengthening people’s ability to influence decision-makers or demand their rights, and influencing national and international policy makers.


CDA Collaborative Learning Projects is a non-profit organisation, based in the USA. CDA Inc focuses on improving the effectiveness of international actors who provide humanitarian assistance, engage in peace practices, and are involved in supporting sustainable development.

Christian Aid

Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of 40 British and Irish churches. It works to support sustainable development, alleviate poverty and provide disaster relief in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Christian Aid campaigns to change the rules and systems that keep people poor, speaking out on issues such as justice in tax and trade, climate change and Third World debt.

Conciliation Resources

Conciliation Resources is a UK-based organisation serving as an international resource for local organisations pursuing peacebuilding and conflict resolution initiatives. Conciliation Resources focuses on 8 conflict-affected regions around the world and works to improve global conflict policies in these regions and with the UK, EU and UN.

Development Initiatives

Development Initiatives has worked on humanitarian assistance since 1998, adding value in the areas of conflict and security. This organisation increases effectiveness at the frontline by providing access to reliable, independent information on financing and helping people to apply it.

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

The Ethical Trading Initiative is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations working in partnership to improve the working lives of poor and vulnerable people across the globe who make or grow consumer goods - everything from tea to T-shirts, flowers to footballs.

Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO)

Fairtrade Labelling Organisation is a network of 25 national Fairtrade movements from around the world (including Fairtrade Foundation in the UK) who produce or promote products that carry the Fairtrade Certification Mark. FLO coordinates Fairtrade Labelling at an international level, which includes setting international Fairtrade standards, organising support for producers around the world, developing global Fairtrade strategy and promoting trade justice internationally. The network developed the Fairtrade labelling model and is responsible for decision making within FLO.

Farm Africa in consortium with Self Help Africa

Farm Africa was founded in 1985 to help poor farmers and herders in Africa grow more food, keep their livestock healthy, make a basic living and manage their natural resources in a sustainable way. Farm Africa supports poor rural communities to identify and implement solutions to key problems.

Gender Links (GL) is a southern African NGO founded in 2001. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, it has satellite offices in Mauritius and Botswana, and project sites in Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. GL is committed to creating a region in which women and men are able to participate equally in all aspects of public and private life in accordance with the provisions of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development.

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

GAIN is an alliance driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. Created in 2002 at a Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Children, GAIN supports public-private partnerships to increase access to the missing nutrients in diets necessary for people, communities and economies to be stronger and healthier.

HelpAge International

HelpAge International helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives. HelpAge International works both for and with older people, lobbying governments to achieve policy change, and through practical projects on the ground and work on issues that affect older people worldwide, such as climate change, rights, work and health.

International Alert

International Alert is a 26-year-old independent peacebuilding organisation working with people who are directly affected by violent conflict to improve their prospects of peace, in Africa, Asia, the South Caucasus, the Middle East and Latin America. The organisation also seeks to influence the policies and ways of working of governments, international organisations like the UN and multinational companies, to reduce conflict risk and increase the prospects of peace.

International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Through a global partnership of community-based organisations the alliance helps prevent the spread of HIV, meet the challenges of AIDS and build communities that have brought HIV under control by preventing its transmission.

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

Established in 1952, IPPF is a Federation of 152 Member Associations, working in 172 countries. It aims to improve the quality of life of individuals by providing and campaigning for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through advocacy and services, especially for poor and vulnerable people. IPPF runs 65,000 service points worldwide. In 2011, those facilities delivered over 89 million sexual and reproductive health services. Together, IPPF’s family makes up the largest sexual and reproductive health and rights organization in the world.

Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief is an independent non-governmental organisation founded in the UK in 1984. It is an international aid and development charity, which aims to alleviate the suffering of the world’s poorest people. As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion or gender.

Malaria Consortium

The Malaria Consortium works in partnership with communities, health systems, government and non-government agencies, academic institutions, local and international organisations to ensure evidence-supported delivery of effective services. Partners, including UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, work to secure access for groups most at risk, to prevention, care and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases.


MapAction is the only NGO with the capacity to deploy a fully trained and equipped humanitarian mapping and information management team anywhere in the world, often within a few hours of an alert. MapAction is ready to respond 365 days a year with a volunteer group of geographical information systems (GIS) professionals specially trained in disaster response.

Marie Stopes International

Marie Stopes International is one of the world’s largest international family planning organisations. In 2010 through 629 centres across 40 countries MSI provided 7 million couples with high quality health services, including family planning; safe abortion and post-abortion care; maternal and child health care including safe delivery and obstetrics; diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

The NRC is an independent private foundation that cooperates closely with the UN and other international organisations to promote and protect the rights of people who have been forced to flee their countries, or their homes within their countries.


Oxfam is an international confederation of 15 organisations working in more than 90 countries worldwide to enable people to exercise their rights and manage their own lives.

Penal Reform International (PRI)

Penal Reform International has regional offices and programmes in the Middle East and North Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. PRI is an international non-governmental organisation working on penal and criminal justice reform worldwide. Projects include the promotion of alternatives to imprisonment and justice for children and vulnerable groups of prisoners.

People In Aid

People In Aid improves organisational effectiveness within the humanitarian and development sector worldwide by advocating, supporting and recognising good practice in the management of people. People In Aid helps organisations whose goal is the relief of poverty and suffering to enhance the impact they make through better management and support of staff and volunteers.

Plan UK

Plan UK is a global children’s charity working in the world’s poorest countries to help children and their families to build a better future. Their work includes access to goods and services such as water and education but also working to ensure community resilience, involving children in decision making and helping families to earn a living and plan for their children’s future.

Practical Action (formerly ITDG)

Practical Action works in Africa, Latin America and Asia collaborating with communities to find practical solutions to poverty using technology in its broadest sense: physical infrastructure, machinery and equipment, knowledge and skills. Practical Action also seeks to change policy to benefit poor communities.

Progressio (formally know as Catholic Institute for International Relations)

Progressio is an international charity with Catholic roots that works in 11 developing countries to enable poor and marginalised people to have a greater influence on the decisions and policies that affect their lives. They provide skilled experts to enable communities to develop long-term practical solutions in response to needs identified by the communities themselves.


Saferworld works in regions affected by violent conflict and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. Working with their partners, Saferworld aims to tackle armed violence and create safer communities. It also works internationally to make sure the policies of the international community reduce, rather than create, conflict.

Save the Children

Save the Children is a children’s international charity based in the UK. It supports both emergency and long-term relief and development projects in 120 countries. Save the Children promotes policy changes to gain more rights for young people.


Sightsavers is an international charity that works with partners in developing countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people in the developing world.

Transparency International

Through more than 100 national chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Transparency International works with partners in government, business and civil society to put effective measures in place to tackle corruption.


WaterAid works in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America. It uses practical solutions to provide clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people, helping them to achieve a better quality of life. WaterAid also seeks to influence policy at national and international levels.

Womankind Worldwide

Womankind Worldwide is an international women’s human rights charity working to help women transform their lives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They partner women’s rights organisations that are tackling the day-to-day issues that affect women’s lives and who are creating change by delivering the essential support women’s organisations need to amplify their voice, increase their impact and bring about greater change.

World Vision

World Vision works to make a serious and sustainable impact on poverty and its causes, especially as they affect children. World Vision emphasises the role of advocacy to influence the policies of governments and international bodies and address the underlying causes of poverty.


WWF UK is part of the world’s largest independent conservation organisation with over 5 million supporters worldwide. It works in more than 100 countries to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. WWF UK support projects that address poverty and environmental challenges in an integrated way to deliver sustainable poverty reduction and healthy, resilient ecosystems on which some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people depend.

‘Youth Consortium’, led by Restless Development, Warchild and Youth Business International

The Youth Consortium aims to address the needs of the most disadvantaged young people and mobilise them as an effective human resource to achieve the MDGs, specifically in conflict-affected and poorest countries. The consortium particularly focuses on supporting young people to have productive livelihoods and empower young people to make responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and on civic participation.

Published 25 March 2013
Last updated 31 January 2017 + show all updates
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