LONDON — What is the U.K. Department for International Development planning for the coming years? A stash of data released at the end of July offers rare insight. Over the course of two weeks, DFID published 35 country profiles containing a lot of compact data about what it’s doing in each recipient country — and, more importantly, what it plans to do between now and 2019.
DFID does give out forward-looking information, but rarely in formats that are useful to partners or contractors, making these documents a fairly unique resource for business development teams within implementing organizations. Better yet, the Devex team has extracted useful data from the documents and visualized it in an interactive dashboard to help you analyze it more easily.
The profiles don’t offer a full picture of U.K. aid spending, or even of bilateral spending by DFID. For example, absent from the figures is 500 million pounds of annual funding in “crisis reserves” — unallocated money that is distributed throughout the year based on emerging needs. The profiles also exclude 2.6 billion pounds in “centrally-managed” funding, including the recent 139 million pounds pledged to Yemen in April and 200 million pounds pledged to South Sudan and Somalia in February.
Events within the U.K. could also influence the numbers. The documents don’t include multilateral funding or cross-government spending; that is, aid money spent by government departments other than DFID, which currently accounts for almost 2 billion pounds of aid. But the new profiles do offer some clues about the direction and volume of this cross-government strategy, and raise questions about these innovative but controversial funds.