U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt meets local Red Cross humanitarian workers in Dominica. Photo by: Tanya Holden / DFID / CC BY

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.

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  • Matthew Wolf

    Matthew Wolf works with the Devex Analytics team from Johannesburg in South Africa, helping improve our coverage of and insight into development work and funding around the world. He draws on work experience with Thomson Reuters in Africa, MENA and Latin America, where he helped uncover, pursue and win opportunities with local governments and donor agencies. He is interested in data-driven solutions to development challenges, results-based financing, and ICT4D.