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With recent leadership changes at the U.K. Department for International Development, the future of U.K. aid is under increasing scrutiny. The department is under more pressure than ever to show it is providing taxpayers with value for money. Part of that has involved a transformation of its procurement and commercial practices over the past few years.

The reforms promised to boost competition for DFID contracts, to bring more value for money, and to enhance their supply base through increased transparency, accountability, and competition. However, some contractors have complained that the added burden is squeezing profits and pushing smaller firms out of the market.

About the authors

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    Janadale Leene Coralde

    Janadale Leene Coralde works on Devex's Analytics team in Manila, assisting with the overall leadership of the team and expanding data content. She has a degree in political economy, specializing in international relations and development, and she has experience working for Chemonics, REID foundation, and House of Representatives.
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    Maja Wisenberger

    Maja Wisenberger works in Devex's Analytics team in Manila, assisting in expanding data content and analyzing global funding trends. She has a master's degree in Public Policy from China and she brings experience from UNOPS, UN Women and the nonprofit sector. Her main areas of interest are poverty alleviation, economic and gender equality, and Chinese philanthropy.