South Africa: UK aid withdrawal prompts donor diversification

Lazola Bibi, a volunteer for DfID-supported Isibindi Child and Youth Care Workers, visits Bongile, one of the children she helps care for in South Africa. The U.K. government's announcement to end bilateral assistance to South Africa by 2015 could affect many non-governmental organizations in the country. Photo by: Lindsay Mgbor / DfID / CC BY

The U.K.’s decision to end bilateral aid to South Africa by 2015 underscores the growing need for implementing partners — especially NGOs — to diversify their sources of funding to fill the void left by cash-strapped traditional donors.

The British Department for International Development’s announcement in May reflects a growing donor perception — that this emerging economy and donor nation no longer needs foreign aid. U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening says the South African government, like the Indian government before, can now pretty much handle its own development challenges, and other donors seem to be on the same page.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.