The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty. This is what developing countries want and is what the international system needs to help deliver. Whilst there is an urgent need for traditional aid in many parts of the world, ultimately economic development is how we will achieve the Global Goals and help countries move beyond the need for aid.
Contribution to the Global Goals and other government commitments (achieved as at March 2018)
- 1.2 million people with sustainable access to clean water and/or sanitation
- 589 thousand children under 5, women and adolescent girls reached through food and nutrition related interventions
- Humanitarian and building resilience to crises: In 2017/18 the UK provided emergency humanitarian assistance to 412,000 people in Sudan. By 2021, we will have provided assistance to at least 550,000 people every year who are affected by conflict, climate change and an unreliable food supply. We will help vulnerable communities to become better able to cope with conflict and climate shocks, support better management of natural resources and provide sustainable access to clean drinking water. By 2021 we will have provided sustainable access to water for 2 million people.
- Building stability and institutions: We will work to lay the foundations for a more prosperous Sudan, with better governance, more inclusive economic development, and a coordinated approach to tackling climate shocks. By 2021, we will work to improve the country’s overall macro-economic performance, providing technical advice on critical issues such as reduction of subsidies, economic development, and harmonisation of exchange rates. In addition, we will support wider institutional strengthening through initiatives such as supporting public financial management in four targeted states of Sudan, improved transparency and revenue generation, and the empowerment of over 100,000 people to hold their local authorities to account. We will work to address the causes of migration, modern slavery and radicalisation, encouraging Sudanese people to contribute to a productive future in Sudan.
- Reform the aid system: We will lead a more effective response across the international community to the long term crisis in Darfur, addressing immediate humanitarian need while also putting in place longer term development solutions. We will use our diplomatic and development expertise to improve the way the aid system works in Sudan, ensuring value for money by tackling corruption and building a more effective relationship with the government of Sudan to improve humanitarian access.