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South Africa


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

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Implementing Partners (Beta) British Council (1) ¦ Department for Business Innovation and Skills (7) ¦ Department for International Development (2) ¦ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (2) ¦ London Sch of Hygiene and Trop Medicine (2) ¦ Medical Research Council (7) ¦ MRC National Inst for Medical Research (1) ¦ Queen Mary, University of London (1) ¦ UK - Foreign & Commonwealth Office (1) ¦ University of Aberdeen (1) ¦ University of Cambridge (1) ¦ University of Cape Town (1) ¦

Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.


Project budget total by year approved at the project level to date.