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05 Jul 2017 description

Alistair Burt has visited Burma on his initial trip as International Development Minister to see first-hand how the UK is supporting Burma to become a more peaceful and prosperous country.

14 Dec 2016 description

Report to Parliament


We are proud to report on the progress made over the last 12 months in delivering the Government’s commitments under the UK’s National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) 2014–2017. As this report makes clear, the UK continues to lead the world on this agenda, through practical action, political lobbying and funding.

08 Sep 2016 description

Rory Stewart visits Burma, Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan on first trip to the region since becoming International Development Minister.

Rory Stewart visited Burma, Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan on his first trip to the region since becoming International Development Minister to see how UK support is helping to build more peaceful, prosperous, safer and healthier countries, which is also in Britain’s interest.

14 Jul 2016 description

Annual Report

The Annual Report meets DFID’s obligation to report on its activities and progress under the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. It includes information on DFID’s results achieved, spending, performance and efficiency.

19 Oct 2015 description

DFID's country offices are playing a key role to ensure help is available for those suffering as a result of El Niño

What is El Niño?

El Niño is a natural climate phenomenon that happens roughly every four years, linked to abnormally high ocean temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific. It increases the risk of extreme weather from droughts to floods to cyclones.

07 Aug 2015 description


RANGOON — Aid pledges for victims of Burma’s flooding emergency continued to pour in from overseas on Thursday, as water levels receded in the north of the country and downstream communities in the Irrawaddy Delta prepared for the worst.

The British government announced on Thursday that it would provide relief supplies and assist with recovery efforts. The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has provided nearly 50,000 people with high-energy food supplies and another 20,000 people with hygiene kits and supplies to treat unclean water.

05 Aug 2015 description

Britain is providing vital funding and aid supplies for Burma in the wake of the floods.

Britain will continue to support Burma in the wake of the devastating floods sweeping the country by providing more aid supplies and helping with recovery efforts, International Development Minister Baroness Verma announced today.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected across several regions including Sagaing, Chin, Magway and Rakhine, with Kachin also affected.

03 Jun 2015 description

Funding from Britain is providing food, clean water, sanitation and a major livelihoods programme.

Britain’s funding to Rakhine is helping to ensure over 126,000 displaced people have access to food, clean water and sanitation as well working to tackle gender based violence. In particular, it is providing support to pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 5. In addition, the UK is supporting community dialogue and reconciliation and a major rural livelihoods programme in the region.

22 Dec 2014 description


Despite reasonable growth rates, the Asia Pacific region is home to 743 milliion people living on less than $1.25 per day, and 1.6 billion on less than $2 per day (40% of the population) (UNESCAP 2013). The core countries of the Asia Regional Programme are among those with the worst poverty rates in Asia (e.g. 76%, 60% 53% on less than $2 per day in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal respectively). The development challenges are complex and multidimensional – with significant economic, political, social and environmental drivers.

28 Aug 2014 description

Desmond Swayne announces new funding for Burma while on a visit to the country

The UK remains committed to supporting Burma to reach its potential as a peaceful and prosperous country that respects the human rights of its entire people, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne said while announcing new funding at a reception to mark 10 years of DFID’s presence in Burma.

15 Jul 2014 description

Annual Report

The Annual Report meets DFID’s obligation to report on its activities and progress toward the Millennium Development Goals under the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. It includes information on DFID’s results achieved, spending, performance and efficiency. The audited statutory accounts include spend against Parliamentary Estimate, and a statement of DFID’s assets and liabilities.


08 Apr 2014 description

Joint FCO-DFID call for urgent restoration humanitarian access to all communities in Rakhine State. Mr Swire summons Burmese Ambassador.

14 Mar 2014 description
Democracy and Development in Burma

The UK Department for International Development’s Burma budget should be increased promptly from £60 million to £100 million to enable greater support for education, including teacher training, the peace process and parliamentary strengthening, say MPs in the UK Parliament.

27 Jun 2013 description

Headline results

By 2012–13, DFID had achieved the following results*:

15 May 2013 description

Britain has pledged emergency food, drinking water and shelter to help people displaced in Rakhine State in western Burma.

Minister for International Development Alan Duncan and Foreign Office Minister for South East Asia Hugo Swire today announced a £4.4 million package of humanitarian support for people displaced by violence and facing the additional threats of the rainy season and approaching storms.

Britain’s package of emergency assistance will provide:

04 Mar 2013 description

Minister for South East Asia, Hugo Swire spoke to Human Rights and Burma campaigners at the FCO today about the progress being made in Burma.

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire said:

29 Jan 2013 description

International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced a new education initiative - the Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) - which will help over 200,000 children in Burma to complete a quality basic education.

The MEC will work alongside Burma's formal education system to reach children not in the government system. This will include an emergency component to support children whose education has been disrupted by violence such as the ongoing conflicts in Rakine and Kachin states.

20 Dec 2012 description

Britain will provide additional humanitarian support to those displaced by the ongoing conflict in Kachin State, Burma.

Making the announcement, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

"Violence in Kachin has continued now for over a year and a half, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. Many are living without basic water and sanitation. We must act now to relieve the immediate suffering and to ensure that conditions do not worsen to cause further loss of life as the winter draws in.