UK - Department for International Development (DFID)

UK - Department for International Development (DFID)


The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK Government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.

DFID is headed by a Cabinet minister, one of the senior ministers in the Government. This reflects how important the UK Government sees reducing poverty around the world. DFID has two headquarters (in London and East Kilbride, near Glasgow) and 25 offices overseas. DFID also has over 2500 staff, almost half of whom work abroad.

DFID's values define the way in which we intend to live up to our strategic aim of halving world poverty by the year 2015. They also provide a framework for improved performance. DFID's values are:

- ambition and determination to eliminate poverty

- diversity and the need to balance work and private life

- ability to work effectively with others

- desire to listen, learn and be creative

- professionalism and knowledge