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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) uses its Official Development Assistance (ODA), also known as its overseas aid budget to support and deliver the 4 strategic objectives of the government’s 2015 Aid Strategy which aligns the government’s global efforts to defeat poverty, tackle instability and create prosperity in developing countries. The 4 objectives are:

  • 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

Formerly known as ‘strategic and bilateral programmes’, these funds support the FCO’s wider diplomatic effort and foreign policy in support of UK interests overseas. All  policy programmes are aligned with strategic objectives and, where appropriate, National Security Council strategies and the Aid Strategy.

Issues supported by  funds include Human Rights, Democracy and the Rules Based International System, Open Futures, and Strengthening Maritime Security.

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The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. It is tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. Its work is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.

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UKAid Direct

Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), UKAid 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. UK Aid Direct has reached more than 3 million people, through 147 grants, across 31 countries (February 2018). Funding rounds will continue until 2020.

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’.

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The Darwin Initiative

The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide.

The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the following biodiversity conventions:

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Contact details of the UK embassies in the CA region are available here

This project is funded by the European Union

And implemented by a consortium led by