Department for International Development (DFID)

The Department for International Development (DFID): leading the UK government’s fight against world poverty.  

Since its creation, DFID has helped more than 250 million people lift themselves from poverty and helped 40 million more children to go to primary school.  But there is still much to do. 

1.4 billion people still live on less than $1.25 a day.  Problems faced by poor countries affect all of us.  Britain’s fastest growing export markets are in poor countries.  Weak government and social exclusion can cause conflict, threatening peace and security around the world.  All countries of the world face dangerous climate change together.

DFID works with national and international partners to eliminate global poverty and its causes, as part of the UN Millennium Development Goals. DFID also responds to overseas emergencies.