Insights from DFID disbursement data: Delivering aid through multilaterals

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres (right) greets Matthew Rycroft, permanent secretary at DFID (left). Photo by: Mark Garten / U.N.

CANBERRA — Multilateral and supranational organizations have continually been the largest recipients of the U.K. Department for International Development disbursements since 2011. But the way in which funds are being disbursed is changing, with 2017 seeing a new leading multilateral partner emerge and a shift in the classification of DFID expenses.

DFID releases a monthly public report of its disbursements above a threshold of £500 ($617) through the U.K. open data portal. These reports list all departmental spends exceeding the threshold with data going back to May 2010. And by collating the data, Devex has identified new insights into how DFID is funding its operations and development assistance program.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.