Department for International Development

Seven Things You Didn't Know About UK Overseas Aid

Billy Hill | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

According to the International Aid Transparency Index, UK aid is the most transparent in the world... Meaning, we can see where our money is spent.

Hunger Aid 'Needs Faster Delivery'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

UK-funded efforts to address food shortages in poor countries are welcome but activity on the ground needs to be speeded up and better managed, a watc...

The Girls On the Bus: The Road Ahead

Emily Graham | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

"When I have a family it will be totally different. I hope we will be able even to wash and do our laundry here at home. And when we will have the water point up here, that old water point can be used for the rice field, it would be good for tomato and onion growing, so there would be more food."

The Girls on the Bus: Ze's Story

Emily Graham | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

This month, you might see two young girls pictured on the side of London's buses, each hauling a jerry can of water that is more than half their weight. Some 748 million people around the world do not have access to safe water. That is one person in 10. It is nearly always up to girls and women to hike treacherous, winding paths to fetch water for their families, and carry that heavy burden home again.

The Girls on the Bus: Solo's Story

Emily Graham | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Graham

I collect water, and then I prepare our breakfast. It's hard collecting water before having breakfast but we need to have water for cooking. We have rice around 7am. We go early in the morning as our parents have to do other things, they are in a hurry to go to the field or do other work.

It IS #TimeToAct But What Do We Do?

Emma Fulu | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

We owe it to ourselves, and to women and girls worldwide, not to turn away. And thankfully I hear the voice of the world saying enough. People of all nationalities are bringing to light what has historically been one of the most silent and hidden human rights abuses of our time. For this I am grateful and proud.

Time to Refocus Development Aid?

Chris Heaton-Harris | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Heaton-Harris

As a Brit, I am proud that our government is spending 0.7% of our GDP on international development; but I am concerned that we have failed to understand the pervasive inequality facing people with learning disabilities. We must commit to correcting this failure and bringing about the more just world that the architects of the MDGs had in mind... but how?

We Can Be the Generation to End Malaria Deaths

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

This World Malaria Day we have the opportunity to continue to dismantle malaria's grip on African households and indeed entire economies. In doing so, we will help release the potential of future generations to flourish and move our world decisively to a healthier, more stable and prosperous future.

Why Our MPs Need to Support the International Development Bill (Gender Equality)

Karen Ruimy | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Karen Ruimy

On Friday morning, MPs in the House of Commons will have the chance to debate a Bill that could ensure that the UK becomes a trailblazer for gender equality for the rest of the world.

Imagine if Apple Stopped the iPhone

James Whiting | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
James Whiting

2013 has been a year of tremendous progress for the malaria campaign globally and locally. We are delighted with the UK cross party support for the malaria campaign. Parliamentarians can see the value of sustaining its prosecution, and the public appear to share our conviction that it is unacceptable in the twenty first century for children to die for want of treatment costing less than £1...

Disability: Emerging From the Shadows?

Dominic Haslam | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dominic Haslam

Five years' on, maternal health is a UK Government priority, has massive investment, and we are seeing a huge reduction in the number of women and children dying in childbirth globally. Choose the right issue at the right time, and a Parliamentary inquiry really can change the debate - and more importantly, change lives.

On International Day of the Girl, It's Time to Remember That Girls Should Be Students, Not Brides

Lakshmi Sundaram | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lakshmi Sundaram

Kidan from Ethiopia was eagerly awaiting the day when she would be able to complete her education and fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. But she was instead promised in marriage in exchange for cattle...

Let's Celebrate UK Support for the Global Fund

James Whiting | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
James Whiting

On 23 September, the UK Government announced its contribution to the Global Fund and we got a step closer to the day when no child dies from Aids, TB or malaria. The UK has pledged £1billion over the next three years - providing the overall target of $15billion is met from other governments and donors.

Meeting of the Minds to Roll Back Malaria

Roz Hobley | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK
Roz Hobley

The backdrop to this challenge is that historic and remarkable progress has been made in the last 10 years to fight malaria. A dramatic surge in international funding and willpower to combat the disease has reaped major rewards for humanity.

Should Aid Money Go To Help Our Armed Forces Keep Peace Abroad?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK

The Ministry of Defence was reported to be stepping up efforts to secure a share of the Government's aid budget as Whitehall wrangling continued ahead...

Was Millions Of British Aid Money Spent On Fast Cars And Mansions?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK

Millions of pounds of British aid money may have been spent on mansions and motors by officials in Sierra Leone, according to the country's anti-corru...

Quality Not Quantity: Why Friday's 0.7% Aid Bill Should Allow Us to Focus on What Really Matters

Dominic Haslam | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dominic Haslam

This week we have the opportunity to focus aid discussions on what really matters: quality not quantity.

Aid vs Defence: A False Debate

Adrian Lovett | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

A UK taxpayer earning £30,000 per year will pay £7,065 in tax. Of that, £67 will go to the aid budget and £403 towards defence. That leaves £6,595 for everything else. A proper debate about government spending should surely recognise that pitching defence spending against aid is like robbing a pretty hard-up Peter to pay an even more impoverished Paul.

A Bright Yellow Future for Girls in Ethiopia

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Today I met a future doctor, accountant and engineer. They were all 13 year old girls. The aspirations of these Ethiopian girls is heartening. The engineer says she wants to train to help "build up her country". I wouldn't bet against her doing just that.

Mobile Money Opens Up New Opportunities for Mozambique's Small and Medium Businesses

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Mobile money means more small, safe, cashless transactions can happen - urban workers can send money back to rural homes; small shops and stalls can trade more and grow their business.

Twenty-Five Years of Comic Relief's Success Gives Us Hope For the Future

Justine Greening | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Politics
Justine Greening

This week Comic Relief celebrated its 25th anniversary and as we look back over the years, there is a lot to be proud of. For the past quarter of a century, Comic Relief has inspired people up and down the country to play a part in changing the lives of millions of people across Africa for the better.

Divert Aid Money To Military And Scrap DfID, Says Think-Tank

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

The United Kingdom should divert one third of its £8bn foreign aid to the military and scrap the department of international development, a think-tan...

UK Doctors To Volunteer For Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Floods

PA | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK

British medical personnel can volunteer to help with the Government's humanitarian emergency response to disasters overseas, under a new arrangement a...

No More Aid

Matthew Frost | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK
Matthew Frost

We all know that it's one of the biggest barriers to aid effectiveness, a primary concern among the UK public when considering whether and how we should respond to global poverty, and a major obstacle faced by thousands of hard-working local community organisations in poor countries.

As Bangladesh's Largest Aid Donor, Britain Must and Can Act to Demand Change

Baroness Brinton | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Baroness Brinton

An old saying goes that if you owe a bank ten thousand pounds then the bank owns you; if you owe ten million, then you own the bank. The opposite is the case with foreign aid.