The objective of the programme is to ensure that the UN system is fit for purpose to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda, ensuring delivery of priorities as outlined in the Department’s Single Departmental Plan strategic objectives, and underpinned by the UK Aid Strategy and UK National Security Strategy of: strengthening global peace, security and governance; strengthening resilience and response to crises; promoting global prosperity; tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable.
Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), UK Aid Direct was established in 2014 as a successor to the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF), which was created in 2010. UK Aid Direct is a challenge fund designed to support the UK’s commitments to achieving the Global Goals. The aim of UK Aid Direct is to fund small- and medium-sized national and international civil society organisations (CSOs) to reduce poverty and work towards achieving the Global Goals. Specifically, UK Aid Direct funding reaches the most marginalised and vulnerable populations, supporting the DFID agenda to ‘leave no one behind’. This agenda can be achieved through funding projects that encompass service delivery, economic empowerment, strengthening accountability or generating social change. As a flexible fund, UK Aid Direct is designed to be an adaptive and demand-led fund that responds to DFID priorities of:\n\n- Strengthening global peace, security and governance\n\n- Strengthening resilience and response to crisis\n\n- Promoting global prosperity\n\n- Tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable\n\n- Delivering value for money
The programme will provide technical assistance and support to facilitate free trade and open markets for key Middle Income Countries (MICs), enabling greater investment and interaction with global value chains to create jobs and prosperity, and help reduce poverty. The programme’s budget will be implemented across three main activity strands. Management Services (research and analysis across multiple regions and countries), Advisory Services (including design and development of sub programmes) and Delivery Services (delivery of interventions that have been scoped and contracted from the Management and Advisory Services). This programme will help to meet one of the four strategic objectives of the UK Aid strategy 2015: to use ODA to promote economic development and prosperity in the developing world. This will contribute to the reduction of poverty and strengthen trade and investment opportunities globally – including, as a secondary benefit, for the UK.
DFID is providing £757.3m over 23 years to catalyse the market for impact investment in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, to improve the lives of at least five million poor and low-income people. Impact investments are those which have both a financial and social return by benefitting poor and low-income people through improved access to affordable goods and services and income generating opportunities. The Impact Programme has two components: investments and market building. CDC manages our investments through two funds. The first fund, the Impact Fund, launched in 2013 is a £305m fund of funds. The second fund, launched in 2015, is a £333m fund which makes direct investments into businesses that are highly developmental/transformative. Technical assistance is also being made available to the underlying investees. Our market building work (£30.5 million) complements our investments by providing the market infrastructure required for impact investing to scale.
The NIIF sub-fund will use UK government finance to catalyse private sector investments from global/UK investors, through the City of London to infrastructure projects in India. To help India address a key constraint to inclusive growth by boosting investment into infrastructure - which will lead to growth, job creation and poverty reduction in India. The fund is fully attributed to climate change mitigation - ie low carbon development, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The fund will primarily invest in sectors like Renewable Energy, Clean Transportation, Water Treatment, and Waste Management. The success of this intervention will lead to follow on private investment that will have a transformational impact on India's economic development.
Prosperity Fund work in China consists of a portfolio of seven thematic programme areas, separated into three phases. The seven programmes are directly complementary, aligned with China’s key economic priorities and are in areas where the UK has expertise. They are designed to address market failures and weaknesses that impede China’s inclusive economic growth and will help China’s ongoing transition to an inclusive, sustainable and productive economy. The first phase comprises four programmes covering Business Environment, Financial Services, Energy and Low Carbon Economy, and Infrastructure. These programmes are expected to lead to an improved business environment for all firms, a more efficient and inclusive financial system less exposed to significant shocks; China making a quicker transition to a low carbon economy; and increased and more sustainable investment in China and ODA-eligible third markets in higher quality infrastructure projects. As a secondary benefit, the programmes will also produce commercial benefits for international companies, including UK businesses, through an improved business environment in China for firms and investors, as well as through additional trade and investment opportunities in these sectors, where the UK has competitive advantages.
The programme aims are to increase life expectancy, improve productivity and deliver economic growth in the partner countries set out above. To achieve this high level impact it has two overarching health goals: • To tackle the issue of premature death and illness due to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) like diabetes and heart disease, which account for 74% of premature fatalities in lower and middle income countries (LMICs). • To reduce incidents of premature mortality (e.g. infections contracted in hospitals) by improving health care outcomes. Meeting these objectives will help advance economic development in the partner countries but will also create opportunities for international and UK businesses as a secondary benefit. It also helps advance our National Security Strategy and UK Aid Strategy objectives.
The programme design is under development. We have commissioned a Scoping Study which will provide clear, robust, evidenced recommendations to assist in the development of the new, multi-year global education and skills programme. A programme funded role/post has been recruited to complete business case design
This programme’s primary purpose is to overcome constraints to economic development in Mexico to help build long-term inclusive growth and lift people out of poverty. As a secondary benefit, it is also aims to produce greater opportunities for global trade and investment, including between Mexico and the UK. The programme will help increase productivity, including through technology and innovation (e.g. digital financial services), skills development and stronger regulation. It will strengthen the economy and expand markets in Mexico with a focus on four strategic strands of activity: Energy, Future Cities, Financial Services and Anti-corruption & Rule of Law. The programme will be delivered by working with the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to achieve both primary and secondary benefits, as set out above.
The Prosperity Fund cross-HMG 'Digital Access Programme' is a DFID-led partnership with FCO and DCMS. It aims to catalyse more inclusive, affordable, safe and secure digital access for excluded and underserved communities in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia. Increased digital inclusion in the programme countries will form the basis for more thriving digital ecosystems that generate high-skilled jobs, opportunities for local digital entrepreneurship focused on country-specific development challenges, as well as potential partnerships with international and UK business aimed at mutual prosperity. The Digital Access programme will also focus on learning about sustainable models and enablers for digital inclusion. The learnings will be shared with key stakeholders and other partner countries, thereby amplifying the impact of the programme.
These services provide specialist monitoring, reporting, evaluation and learning provisions to Prosperity Fund programmes, they also enable effective portfolio management at Fund level. We use these systems to help drive value for money, learning and effective delivery of the Fund's objective.
This programme seeks to improve investment regulation, policy and implementation, to address the constraints to financial sector development, to boost quality public and private investment in priority infrastructure, to assist Burma to realise its trade potential, and to facilitate greater inclusion of women and other excluded groups in Burma’s economic development. This will be achieved through the following delivery mechanisms: • a programme with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to improve Burma’s investment climate and promote competitiveness • a programme to establish the Burma Enterprise Opportunity Facility, a new facility implemented by a managing agent (to be selected through open competition) to deliver activities in partnership with government, business, civil society and other development partners that support economic reform, and to finance innovative new projects
Leverages the UK’s unique position as the world’s leading financial centre to increase access to finance for firms and individuals, promoting shared prosperity through inclusive economic growth overseas, and the development of new markets
Through the Managed Fund, the Good Governance Fund will support a series of governance and economic reform initiatives, aimed at building stability, reducing poverty and increasing prosperity, in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Armenia and North Macedonia. The fund will focus on areas such as: anti-corruption; improving the business environment; judicial reform; key sector reforms (e.g. banking and energy); strengthening the rule of law; and supporting an independent media. This project was approved before the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. Work is now under way to understand the implications of leaving the EU for the UK’s development work
The GGF supports a series of governance and economic reform initiatives, aimed at building stability, reducing poverty and increasing prosperity, in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine. The fund will focus on areas such as: anti-corruption; improving the business environment; judicial reform; key sector reforms (e.g. banking and energy); strengthening the rule of law; and supporting an independent media. This project was approved before the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.
To enable developing countries with oil, gas and minerals to transform these resources into growth and poverty reduction.
DFID is providing up to £39m over a period of 5 years (2015-2020) to support global efforts for accelerating action to end child marriage. The UK has been at the forefront of international efforts to end child marriage. This programme is aligned with UK’s national interest - we cannot end global poverty, realise lasting peace or prosperity without empowering girls and women. When a girl marries later, she is more likely to stay in school longer and have better access to information, support and resources to earn a decent income. The intended outcome of the programme is adolescent girls supported to make healthier, safer and more empowered life transitions including on marriage choices and childbearing. The intended impact is: Reduction in prevalence of child marriage.
Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank
International Anti-Corruption Programme (I-ACT) is a multi-component programme which makes fighting corruption a top priority for the international community to address the impact of corruption on the poorest countries and people. It will follow through on Anti-Corruption Summit actions aimed at preventing corruption, ending impunity, and empowering those who have suffered from it. It will focus on strengthening the international architecture and response on anti-corruption, and will include work with new digital technologies to strengthen civil society in partner countries.
To protect poor and vulnerable people, save lives and help developing countries to get back on their feet more quickly after a disaster by working with governments to strengthen planning, embed early action, and use “risk financing” tools like insurance and contingent credit to finance more cost-effective, rapid and reliable response to emergencies. It aims to empower governments to build resilience to natural disasters and climate change, and take ownership of their risks, with more assistance delivered through pre-financed government-led systems. Funded by the UK Government Prosperity Fund.