Department for International Development

Priorities for the UK’s incoming Secretary of State Alok Sharma


The UK has a new government once again. There is no question that the last three years have been a time of political upheaval in the UK, and turbulence will continue for the foreseeable future with Brexit likely to dominate the agenda. But the business of government must continue. As a new government takes office, […]

Development Initiatives’ response to the UK’s Voluntary National Review


Harpinder Collacott, Executive Director at Development Initiatives said, “We welcome a comprehensive and thoughtful report from the UK on its progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals at home and abroad, and applaud the extensive use of data to demonstrate progress on the goals. We are pleased to see that the pledge to Leave No […]

DI to support Nepal’s first Women in Data conference

Data use

The one-day conference, which this year has the theme ‘where two superpowers meet’, will bring together an inspiring cast of female speakers, influential panellists, data professionals and aspiring young women to discuss the achievements of women who work with data, and how best to further advance female inclusion in this growing specialism. Hosted at the […]

DI signs the Global Disability Summit’s Charter for Change


As a signatory to the Charter for Change, DI commits to ten specific goals – including the collection and use of better data to characterise the challenges faced by people with disabilities, the prioritisation of the people being left furthest behind, and the elimination of stigma and discrimination against them. The UK’s Department for International […]

Significant reforms are needed for UK aid spending to remain transparent and poverty focused


Today the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee published a report following its inquiry into the definition and administration of official development assistance (ODA). This inquiry asked a critical question – how effective are government departments, beyond DFID, at administering their ever-growing proportion of the aid budget? And the answer for some departments is quite damning. […]

DFID’s aid spending for nutrition: 2016


The report expands on previous reports[1] that looked at investments between 2010 and 2015, and uses the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement’s agreed methodology. Key findings: DFID disbursed US$805 million of nutrition-related official development assistance (ODA or aid) to developing countries in 2016: US$693 million on nutrition-sensitive interventions, and US$111 million on nutrition-specific interventions. Total nutrition-related […]

The latest trends in UK aid spending on nutrition


This week we’ve published new analysis on the latest trends in the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)’s spending on nutrition. This data blog highlights six notable trends, with headlines including that half of all nutrition spending goes to humanitarian interventions, while sub-Saharan Africa continues to receive the highest concentration of nutrition funding from DFID. We […]

What are the key trends in DFID’s aid spending on nutrition?


This analysis was conducted by Development Initiatives as part of the Maximising the Quality of Scaling up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) programme. 1. Total spending on nutrition by DFID is increasing DFID’s spending on nutrition has been on an overall upward trend since 2010, and according to the latest data it reached its highest level of […]

DFID's aid spending for nutrition: 2015


This analysis was conducted by Development Initiatives as part of the Maximising the Quality of Scaling up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) programme. Building on previous reviews, this report independently analyses DFID’s official development assistance (ODA) spending on nutrition-related projects in the year 2015. We used the approach developed by the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Donor Network to identify […]