The U.K. Department for International Development has experienced unprecedented upheaval over the past few years — from rapid shifts in leadership to significant policy changes, most notably the cross-government strategy, which aims to redirect 30% of U.K. aid expenditures through other government departments.
All of this has unfolded against the backdrop of rising aid skepticism and sharp criticism of DFID’s use of private contractors and safeguarding. The agency now faces a double-pronged threat from both Brexit and the likely ascension of Boris Johnson as U.K. prime minister.
In light of this political uncertainty, Devex convened a webinar exploring what could be next for DFID and its funding priorities, with insights from nine years of disbursement data.
Highlights from this webinar include:
• An overview of the major political and organizational changes with the potential to impact DFID’s operations — and how the agency has responded.
• Where to find data on DFID disbursements, how often this data is updated, and what it includes.
• An explanation of “voluntary contributions” and the outsourcing of aid programs.
• Key observations from our disbursement data report — including analysis looking into the decline of total disbursements and implementers; a sharp decline in disbursements to the private sector; and an increase in disbursements to multilateral institutions.
• Jessica Abrahams, deputy news editor, Devex
• Lisa Cornish, reporter and data journalist, Devex
Sophie Edwards, senior reporter, Devex
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