THE UK GOVERNMENT’S
PROGRAMME OF WORK
TO FIGHT POVERTY IN
WHAT IS DEVELOPMENT?
WHY IS THE UK
WHAT IS DFID?
WHY WE ARE WORKING
WHAT WE HAVE
HOW WE ARE WORKING
HOW DO WE KNOW IT
WHAT WILL CHANGE?
1 – 2
GETTING RID OF
What is development?
Why is the UK Government POVERTY WILL
What is dFid?
MAKE FOR A
International Development is about
helping people fight poverty.
This means people in rich and poor
countries working together to settle
conflicts, increase opportunities for
trade, tackle climate change, improve
people’s health and their chances
to get an education.
It means helping governments in
developing countries put their own plans
into action. It means agreeing debt relief,
working with international institutions
that co-ordinate support, and working
with non-government organisations and
charities to give communities a chance
to find their own way out of poverty.
WHY IS THE UK
Getting rid of poverty will make for a
better world for everybody. Nearly a
billion people, one in six of the world’s
population, live in extreme poverty.
This means they live on less than $1
a day. Ten million children die before
their fifth birthday, most of them from
preventable diseases. More than 113
million children in developing countries
do not go to school.
In a world of growing wealth, such levels
of human suffering and wasted potential
are not only morally wrong, they are also
against our own interests.
We are closer to people in developing
countries than ever before. We trade
more and more with people in poor
countries, and many