DfID's top private sector partners for 2014

Aid worker unloads humanitarian supplies for northern Iraq. The U.K. Department for International Development works with its private sector partners to deliver aid in developing countries. Photo by: DfID / CC BY

The premier development agency for the world’s second-biggest bilateral donor, the U.K. Department for International Development channeled 9 percent of its aid expenditure through private sector partners in 2011-12, the latest year when those figures are available.

The latest peer review of the U.K. aid program by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development confirmed that DfID has been increasing its use of private sector partners since then. In fact, the report found that in Nigeria, the fifth-biggest recipient of U.K. aid, DfID channels 75 percent of its funding through private sector companies — well above the global figure.

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    Lorenzo Piccio

    Lorenzo is a contributing analyst for Devex. Previously Devex's senior analyst for development finance in Manila, he is currently an MA candidate in international economics and international development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Lorenzo holds a bachelor's degree in government and social studies from Wesleyan University.