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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

Read more about South Africa


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2015, source World Bank

% living below $1.90 per day


2011, source World Bank

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2015, source World Bank

Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding



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