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South Africa has the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa. It plays an important role in regional institutions such as the African Union and its presence in the G20 and the BRICS marks its status as an emerging global power. DFID Southern Africa is increasingly working with South Africa on issues which have an impact beyond its borders, such as regional trade and climate change. From 2015, DFID’s bilateral programme in South Africa will end, reflecting a new relationship between the UK and South Africa.

Top priorities

  • creating growth and jobs
  • tackling HIV and reducing maternal and child deaths
  • promoting inclusive and low carbon growth
  • preventing violence against women

Further resources

DFID Operational Plan for Southern Africa
South Africa page on GOV.UK website

Key Info

  • Project budget approved for 2017/2018 More information about the total project budget £2,200,000
  • Project budget as % of DFID budget More information about the total project budget 0.03%
  • Active Projects 2
  • Population (2015, source World Bank): 54.96 million
  • % living below $1.90 per day (2011, source World Bank): 16.56%
  • Fertility rate (2014, source World Bank): 2.36
  • GDP growth rate (2015, source World Bank): 1.26%
Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding
Budgets approved at a project level to date. This may be different from the overall operational plan budget for South Africa.