Nongovernmental organizations, civil society organizations, and charities have long been important partners to the United Kingdom Department for International Development, as well as implementers of its programs. As a result, the market for DFID funds among these organizations — not to mention competition from the private sector, academia, and elsewhere — is fierce.
2017 was a strong year for NGOs, CSOs, and charities (henceforth simply “NGOs”), which received 1.175 billion British pounds ($1.62 billion) for their work on ongoing DFID programs, a 20 percent increase from the amount they received in 2016. They also beat out competition in the private sector, which received a total of 1.029 billion pounds in 2017.
However, it stands to be seen whether this strong performance will continue, especially as the humanitarian aid sector is rocked by allegations of “systemic” sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment. Many of the organizations in this list are themselves implicated in the allegations. Oxfam, for one, has elected to withdraw from bidding for DFID-funded opportunities until the agency is satisfied that it can “meet the high standards expected of our [DFID’s] partners.”
Using U.K. Department for International Development disbursements data for 2017, Devex determined which private sector implementers of DFID-funded programs received the most funding from the department in 2017. We take a close look at the top 10 of that list, including descriptions of the sectors and locations of DFID-funded programs.
It is within this context that we present the list of DFID’s top NGO implementers in 2017. As with our article on private sector implementers, this list is based on public DFID “disbursements” data — public declarations of DFID’s expenditures on goods, works, and services that exceeded 500 pounds. The data is not reflective of newly awarded contracts, but rather payments for implementation of previously won contracts.