DFID in India

The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK government that works in partnership with developing countries to promote development and reduce extreme poverty.

DFID logoDFID's goal is to support countries to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the international targets agreed by the United Nations (UN) to halve world poverty by 2015. DFID works with governments, as well as charities, businesses and international bodies, including the World Bank, UN agencies and the European Commission.

DFID supports long-term programmes to help tackle the underlying causes of poverty. In 2008/09, the department provided £5.5 billion of aid to poorer countries. By 2013, the equivalent of 0.7% of the UK's gross national income will be dedicated to development assistance, from 0.36% in 2007/08.

DFID in India

The UK works in partnership with the Government of India to achieve its poverty reduction priorities and the MDGs.

India is an emerging economy making fast economic progress, which invests a significant proportion of its growing budget on development. DFID works with the Government of India on its substantial programmes in health, education, water and basic housing, aimed at improving conditions for the poorest families.

Despite strong growth over the last two decades and clear government commitment to reduce poverty, progress is lagging in some states. DFID supports India's poorest states, for example Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal. There it works with the state governments to help the poor in rural villages and urban slums earn an income and access health, education, and water and sanitation services. The UK government's aid finances assistance, expertise and projects which support Indian partners in making their own programmes as effective as possible.

DFID has established Trust Funds with key multilateral partners: the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and UNICEF. DFID also works with international and local NGOs and the private sector.

Indepth information

Read more about DFID in India on the DFID website.

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