Last July 2008, the Department for International Development agreed to extend GBP480 million (US$692.1 million) for its 2008-2013 country plan for Pakistan. "This would enable Pakistan to be the second largest recipient of U.K. aid program by 2011", said British Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander.
Devex Early Intelligence learned from the DFID office at Islamabad that for fiscal 2008 and 2009, a big chunk of assistance will go to the health sector, as the agency continues to support polio and tuberculosis prevention as well as maternal and neonatal health care. Other priority areas in the South Asian country include good governance, providing access to finance and education.
For program implementation, DFID has forged partnerships with both national government agencies and provincial counterparts in Pakistan such as the Ministry of Health, the Federal Board of Revenue, the Federal Bureau of Statistics, the State Bank of Pakistan and the Federal Ministry of Education.