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About UK Aid Direct:

UK Aid Direct is a £150 million programme which has changed the lives of over *9.5 million of the world’s poorest people with UK aid from the UK Government.

Funded by the former Department for International Development (DFID), now Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), UK Aid Direct supports small and medium sized civil society organisations (CSOs), based in the UK and overseas, to achieve sustained poverty reduction and to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals (opens in a new window).

Formerly known as the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF), the fund was relaunched in 2014 as UK Aid Direct. As a flexible fund, UK Aid Direct is adaptive and demand-led, responding to UK government priorities (opens in a new window).

Civil society organisations

Civil society organisations (CSOs) with their grassroots networks and local knowledge are well placed to reach marginalised communities and are key partners in helping further the UK government’s commitment to leave no one behind in pursuit of the Global Goals(opens in a new window)

By working closely with communities, beneficiaries and local institutions, CSOs have high levels of accountability, meaning they can effectively respond to people’s needs.

Strong CSOs enhance transparency and support effective governance, through their contributions to the public debate and their ability to encourage open and diverse cooperation between citizens, authorities, states and the private sector.

Where we work

UK Aid Direct supports CSOs working in UK government priority countries and the 50 lowest countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) where support for achieving the Global Goals is most needed.

An interactive globe is located on our where we work page featuring our UK Aid Direct grant holders and projects.

Our priorities

The priorities of UK Aid Direct reflect wider strategic objectives:

  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crisis
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable
  • Delivering value for money.

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