UK aid

The UK Government’s aid programme has the power to end disease, hunger and extreme poverty, to build strong economies, to bring hope and opportunities, and to help the world’s most vulnerable people live lives of dignity.

UK aid – what does it do?

When we look around the world today we see immense human suffering.  Children are dying from preventable diseases, while drug-resistant infections are brewing that threaten us here at home.  Violence and conflict are pulling people back into poverty and threatening our national security.  UK aid, delivered by the Department for International Development (DFID) is a core part of the UK response to these issues.

Along with the UK’s world-class defence and diplomacy, UK aid provides the greatest return on investment for the taxpayer.  It works by heading off trouble before military intervention is needed or a major crisis develops.

When people across the globe see UK aid supplies arriving in their village or refugee camp – they know that the UK is on their side.  Our experts are serving around the world, providing a badge of hope to millions and shaping a better and safer world for everyone.

Work in Scotland

The UK Government has over 900 staff at DFID’s joint headquarters in East Kilbride.  The department draws in expertise from across Scotland and the whole of the UK, enabling it to achieve the best results worldwide.

Watch the videos below to find out more about how the Department for International Development (DFID) works with Scottish charities and how Scottish aid workers at DFID work to save lives.

More information

Find out more about UK aid - external link

Read the  Scottish Government’s international development policy.

Find out more about life in Scotland.

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