So you want to switch from DFID grants to contracts

DFID worker unloads supplies to help with the construction of a treatment center in Sierra Leone. Photo by: DFID / CC BY-NC

Commercial contracting isn’t anything new, but in the past decade, donors such as the U.K. Department for International Development, the European Commission, the U.S. Agency for International Development and others have steadily increased the pool of funds available through contracts, and this shift hasn’t gone unnoticed by those delivery partners — typically nonprofits — dependent on traditional grants.

Sometimes offering larger budgets and longer program cycles, commercial contracts are traditionally offered to for-profit suppliers, firms such as Adam Smith International and PwC, for example, but that tide is shifting also.

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    Molly Anders

    Molly Anders is a U.K. Correspondent for Devex. Based in London, she reports on development finance trends with a focus on British and European institutions. She is especially interested in evidence-based development and women’s economic empowerment, as well as innovative financing for the protection of migrants and refugees. Molly is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied Arabic in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.