What is UK aid?

The UK aid logo is used widely in the countries where we work, on items such as health clinics, school books and emergency food supplies, to publicly acknowledge development programmes funded by the UK taxpayer

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) uses aid to tackle the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict.

This is how UK aid works to make the world – and ultimately the UK – a better, safer and more prosperous place:

What is Uk aid?

Find out more about how UK aid and FCDO work.

How you can get involved:

Share ‘Together for a better world’ resources - Young people can learn about UK aid through our short animation below and an accompanying comic strip. Find out more about child-friendly resources.

Connecting Classrooms: Ending Poverty By Educating Children Throughout The World

Join Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning - UK schools can partner with another school around the world to learn about global issues through our programme with the British Council for young people aged 7 to 14 years old. This includes the opportunity to apply for money to create your Pupil Action Projects. Together, we can take action to change the world!

Join International Citizen Service – Young people in the UK aged 18-25 years and 23-35 years can apply to take part in 10-12 week volunteer placements to work with young people in Africa and Asia to help tackle the root causes of poverty.

UK Aid Match provides opportunities for the UK public to engage with international development issues and have a say in how UK aid is spent. For every £1 donated to a UK Aid Match charity appeal, the government also contributes £1 of UK aid to match it.

UK Aid Direct gives grants to small and medium sized civil society organisations, based in the UK and overseas, to achieve sustained poverty reduction and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Information on, and standards for, using the UK aid logo

Updates to this page

Published 6 June 2018
Last updated 19 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added additional resources for schools and young people.

  2. First published.

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