UK Department for International Development
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is a part of the UK Government and manages Britain’s aid to poverty-stricken countries and works towards eliminating poverty. DFID supports long-term programs that help tackle the underlying causes of poverty, and responds to both natural and man-made emergencies.
DFID’s objectives are:
- Halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger;
- Ensuring that all children receive primary education;
- Promoting sexual equality and give women a stronger voice;
- Reducing child death rates;
- Improving the health of mothers;
- Combating HIV & AIDS, malaria and other diseases;
- Protecting the environment; and
- Building a global partnership for those working in development.
DFID believes that a strong, independent finance profession in government, as well as in business, can help to:
- Tackle corruption;
- Boost tax compliance;
- Attract more inward investment;
- Stem the “brain drain” of highly skilled people out of the country;
- Create more high quality jobs;
- Enable domestic businesses to grow and compete internationally; and
- Strengthen leadership, strategy and governance.
The end goal is to help developing countries manage their own resources better to attract investment and create the jobs and growth needed to lift people out of poverty.
Additional information is available on the DFID website.