This week the Department for International Development (DFID) released its business plan for the period 2011-2015. You can read DFID’s plan here. The business plan sets out DFID’s vision and strategies for the coming years, as well as details of departmental expenditure and a transparency section intended to allow voters to hold DFID accountable to ensure value for money.
The business plan outlines six key priorities, namely: Honour international commitments, introduce transparency in aid, boost wealth creation, strengthen governance and security in fragile and conflict-affected countries, lead international action to improve the lives of girls and women, and combat climate change. Continue reading
Pregnant woman at UNICEF-supported health center in Sam Ouandja refugee camp, credit: Pierre Holtz for UNICEF
Within days of becoming Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell stated that he would put women and girls at the centre of DFID’s approach to fighting poverty. Improving reproductive, maternal and newborn health in the developing world is a major part of the drive to do so. DFID is therefore developing a new business plan, which will determine the UK’s contribution towards reducing maternal mortality. The aim is to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted and that every birth is safe. In doing so, DFID also want make an enormous contribution to reducing child mortality – particularly through improving the survival chances of newborn babies.
Twelve weeks ago, DFID launched a consultation to gather input into the new business plan on reproductive, maternal and newborn health. Contributions have been made by individuals and organisations from a broad range of backgrounds. Continue reading
We are pleased to report that the UK’s Department For International Development (DFID) has launched a public consultation on their proposed Microfinance Capacity Building Facility for Sub-Saharan Africa (MICFAC). This is a new funding facility that is being set up jointly with DFID and the World Bank, and is likely to be millions of dollars in size.
Those who took part in our recent August action (see here) will know all about this facility and will have already written to Andrew Mitchell (Secretary of State for International Development) and Robert Zoellick (President of the World Bank) on this issue, explaining to them why it is so important that it have poverty alleviation built into its core operating principles.
We were happy to report earlier that initial responses from Stephen O’Brien were positive and supported our call for a poverty focus. That there is now a public consultation is another opportunity for us to reinforce the message. Continue reading