Humanitarian supplies from the U.K. arrive at an airport in the Philippines. Photo by: Simon Davis / DFID / CC BY

CANBERRA — The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development witnessed a decline in disbursements between 2017-2018 and had fewer implementers supporting the aid program, analysis by Devex shows.

A total of £8.6 billion ($11.13 billion) was disbursed in 2018 — a 7% decline from 2017 which recorded a peak of £9.2 billion in disbursements for the year. The number of DFID implementing partners also steadily declined, from 2,496 partners in 2014 to 1,259 partners in 2018. With a report last year showing a decrease in DFID contracts awarded to small- and medium-sized enterprises, these statistics signal an increasing reliance on select partners to support the delivery of the U.K. aid program.

About the author

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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.