Future of DfID

So you want to switch from DfID grants to contracts

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By Molly Anders

The processes for procuring DfID grants and contracts aren't so different; here are some tips for making the switch.


UK aid network Bond appoints former DfID civil servant as new chief executive

Tamsyn Barton has been appointed as the new chief executive of Bond — the membership group for more than 450 U.K. development organizations. Barton, who has previously held roles in DfID and the European Investment Bank, said Bond will continue to strengthen and solidify the voice of international development under her leadership.


UK lawmakers slam new cross-government funds, ask who is running the show

The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund and the Prosperity Fund saw huge expansions in the 2015 U.K. aid strategy, with few details about scaling up. Now, U.K. lawmakers weigh in.


UNESCO claims factual errors, political bias in DfID multilateral review

UNESCO tells Devex that a review of their work by the U.K. Department for International Development contained factual errors and that the department's new strategy to hold aid contributions "as blackmail" to development organizations could threaten the multilateral system.


DfID releases its first economic development strategy

The U.K. Department for International Development has released its first-ever economic development strategy, offering a first glimpse at how Brexit, a greater role for the CDC, and cross-government collaboration will impact U.K. aid.


DfID's innovation chief names blockchain as next tech game-changer

Tamara Giltsoff, the new head of innovation at the U.K. Department for International Development, spoke with Devex about how blockchain could find transformative applications in humanitarian aid and development.


DfID seeking legal advice over confidentiality breach by top supplier

The U.K.'s Department for International Development is undertaking a forensic audit investigation of one of its top suppliers, Adam Smith International. DfID says it plans to increase scrutiny of all for-profit suppliers going forward.


First clues for post-Brexit aid cooperation between EU and UK

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator pointed to Norway as an example of how the U.K. will behave after its exit from the EU. What can Norway — and the options being built into the EU's new aid consensus — tell us about the future of U.K. and EU aid?


Bond denies DfID funding will decide its future

Rumors of Bond for International Development's financial difficulty are true, but the 475-member U.K. aid body says it isn't going anywhere, even if new DfID funding doesn't come through.


DfID explains future of NGO funding

DfID has streamlined NGO funding into four pots and offered up key themes for engagement. Meanwhile its new funding stream, U.K. Aid Connect, doesn't quite connect the dots.


Winners and losers in DfID's new Multilateral Aid Review

The U.K. Department for International Development released it's long-anticipated multilateral aid and bilateral development reviews Thursday. The MAR lays out a new results-based standard for multilateral organizations and criticizes partners for failing to collaborate with one another.


What's missing from DfID's Bilateral Development Review?

Not much is new in the U.K. Department for International Development's first Bilateral Development Review since 2011, aside from what — and who — wasn't included.


Opinion: Building public confidence in aid by putting the poorest first

The U.K. Department for International Development's newly released Multilateral Aid Review emphasizes getting the most out of U.K. contributions to development. But that narrative risks losing public support for Britain's longstanding commitment to helping the world's neediest, writes Save the Children's Kevin Watkins.


Opinion: Taking back control? UK reviews support to CSOs

Almost two and a half years after Priti Patel called for an assessment of "irrelevant" organizations such as Oxfam, she has released such a review as head of the U.K. Department of International Development. Toby Porter, a veteran of U.K. charities, says the new DfID leader can do more to build trust.


Britain's Conservatives appear to mull changes to aid spending rules

Britain's major parties all aim to maintain a commitment to spending 0.7 percent of gross national income on aid. But aid groups fear the Conservatives — who have a commanding lead in the polls — could change spending rules and renege on promises to keep the Department for International Development as an independent government body.


Every $1 of UK aid increases UK exports by $0.22, study finds

A new report from the Overseas Development Institute finds that United Kingdom development aid has a positive impact on exports and job creation back home, supporting claims that it can work in the national interest.


UN chief Guterres calls for multilateral reform

During a speech in the United Kingdom, António Guterres said that rising inequality has led to a loss of trust in the multilateral system, pointing to greater unity across the U.N. pillars as key to reform.


Former DfID political adviser on UK aid direction and his new role at Plan

Simon Bishop, former special political adviser to the United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development, is settling into his new role as a director at Plan International U.K. He spoke to Devex about U.K. aid policy and his vision for Plan.


UK aid organizations fall silent ahead of the election

Some NGOs in the United Kingdom are clamming up ahead of the June 8 snap election, concerned about unwittingly violating ambiguous regulations on election campaigning.


Should 10 percent of UK aid go to education?

The United Kingdom parliament's International Development Committee today threw its support behind dedicating 10 percent of the annual aid budget to education.


UK snap election: Are aid commitments at risk?

As the U.K. heads for a snap election on June 8, concerns are being raised that the government's legal commitment to spend 0.7 percent of gross national income on foreign aid is looking vulnerable.