The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is tackling the global challenges of time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. DFID's work is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.
DFID is responsible for:
honouring the UK’s international commitments and taking action to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals
making British aid more effective by improving transparency, openness and value for money
targeting British international development policy on economic growth and wealth creation
improving the coherence and performance of British international development policy in fragile and conflict-affected countries
improving the lives of girls and women through better education and a greater choice on family planning
preventing violence against girls and women in the developing world
helping to prevent climate change and encouraging adaptation and low-carbon growth in developing countries
Strengthening global peace, security and governance
Strengthening resilience and response to crisis
Promoting global prosperity
Tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable
Delivering value for money
The Department for International Development (DFID) was set up in 1997. DFID employs around 2,700 staff who work in the offices in London, East Kilbride and globally.
DFID works in countries across Africa, Asian and the Middle East, many of which are fragile or at risk from fragile neighbours. DFID also has regional programmes in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and development relationships with aid-dependent Overseas Territories. In addition to working directly in countries, DFID also gives UK Aid through multi-country global programmes and core contributions to multilaterals.
DFID will also have 3 regional programmes in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and development relationships with 3 aid dependent Overseas Territories – St Helena, the Pitcairn Islands and Montserrat.
And DFID will continue to work flexibly as and where necessary, including with the international community, to provide humanitarian assistance where it is needed.