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What we do

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We're ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.

DFID is a ministerial department, supported by 2 agencies and public bodies.

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UK aid from the British people

The UK aid logo is used widely in the countries where we work, on items such as health clinics, school books and emergency food supplies, to publicly acknowledge development programmes funded by the UK taxpayer.

We work on these topics

  1. International aid and development

    Around 1.4 billion people around the world still live in poverty. The government is working with international organisations and the governments of poorer countries to help end poverty. Read more

Our policies

  1. Making sure children in developing countries get a good education

    How the governments is helping children in developing countries access good education to benefit them, their communities and the global economy.

  2. Helping developing countries' economies to grow

    Creating jobs for poor people in developing countries is the best way of ending poverty.

  3. Working for peace and long-term stability in the Middle East and North Africa

    The British government's humanitarian and diplomatic efforts in securing peace in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Our ministers

Our management

Special representatives

Contact DFID

Public Enquiry Point

Press office

Follow the DFID Press office on Twitter - @DFID_Press

Office address (London)

22 Whitehall
London

SW1A 2EG

Please use the above phone number to contact a named member of staff

Office address (East Kilbride)

Abercrombie House
Eaglesham Road
East Kilbride

G75 8EA

Please use the above phone number to contact a named member of staff

Freedom of Information requests

Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team
Abercrombie House
Eaglesham Road
East Kilbride
G75 8EA

Make an FOI request

  1. Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request
  2. Check our previous releases to see if we’ve already answered your question

Corporate information

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