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Department for International Development - Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16

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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.


DFID’s Accounts are prepared in accordance with the 2015-16 Government Financial Reporting Manual (FReM), issued by HM Treasury. The accounting policies contained in the FReM apply International Financial Reporting Standards as adapted or interpreted for the public sector context. DFID’s Accounts are similar in many respects to the annual accounts prepared by private sector businesses. They contain the primary financial statements recording the full costs of activities, DFID’s assets and liabilities as well as providing information on how resources have been used to meet objectives.

The format is tailored to central government accounting including, for example, financial comparisons against the Department’s resource-based estimates. Those not familiar with the format of the accounts might like to focus on the Financial Review within the Performance Report, which summarises the key areas of performance. The Financial Statements and certain sections of the Accountability Report are audited by the National Audit Office before they are presented to Parliament.

Results headlines

By 2015–16, DFID had achieved the following results towards its commitments for 2011–15. Further information on results is set out on pages 15–19.

■ Wealth creation – supported 69.5 million people, including 36.4 million women, to gain access to financial services to help them work their way out of poverty (Exceeding DFID’s commitment of 50 million)

■ Poverty, vulnerability, nutrition and hunger – reached 30 million children under 5 and pregnant women through DFID’s nutrition-relevant programmes, of whom 12.1 million were women or girls (Exceeding DFID’s commitment of 20 million)

■ Education – supported 11.3 million children in primary and lower secondary education, of whom 5.3 million were girls (Exceeding DFID’s commitment of 11 million)

■ Health – supported 5.6 million births with skilled birth attendants (Exceeding DFID’s commitment of 2 million)

■ Water, sanitation and hygiene – supported 64.5 million people, of whom 22.6 million were women, to access clean water, better sanitation or improved hygiene conditions through DFID’s WASH programmes (Exceeding DFID’s commitment of 60 million)

■ Governance and security – supported freer and fairer elections in 13 countries in which 162.1 million people voted (Meeting DFID’s commitment of 13 countries)

■ Humanitarian assistance – reached over 13.4 million people with emergency food assistance, including 5.6 million women and girls

■ Climate change – supported 17.7 million people to cope with the effects of climate change Shown below are some of the latest available results delivered through the multilateral organisations that DFID supports.

■ Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, immunised 56 million children in 2014

■ Global Partnership for Education (GPE) trained 98,000 teachers between July 2014 and June 2015

■ UNICEF helped 10.4 million children in humanitarian situations to access basic education in 2014

■ The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided 166,000 households with a new water supply in 2015

■ The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) provided 339 million people with essential health, nutrition and population services between 2013 and 2015

Further information on DFID’s work with multilaterals is included on pages 37–38.