Your questions answered

1. What does the UK spend on international development?

The UK government spent £7.2 billion on development in 2008/09 and the DFID aid programme accounted for £5.8 billion (81%) of this expenditure.

Further information can be found at:

2. Which countries does DFID work in?

DFID works directly in over 150 countries worldwide. The top twenty countries that received bilateral aid in 2009/10 are:

Rank Country £ m

1

India

295

2

Ethiopia

214

3

Bangladesh

149

4

Sudan

146

5

Tanzania

144

6

Pakistan

140

7

Afghanistan

133

8

Nigeria

114

9

Congo (Dem Rep)

109

10

Ghana

90

11

Malawi

74

12

Uganda

68

13

Mozambique

68

14

Nepal

67

15

Zimbabwe

67

16

Kenya

64

17

West Bank & Gaza

58

18

Vietnam

54

19

Rwanda

53

20

Zambia

49

For more information on which countries DFID works in:

3. How DFID works with civil society

Today DFID works with over 200 international and UK civil society organisations and has direct or indirect links with thousands of civil society organisations in developing countries.

You can find out more at:

4. What support does the UK provide for disasters and emergencies?

DFID provides aid to people affected by humanitarian crises. DFID spent £449 million on bilateral humanitarian assistance during 2008/09 - the top ten bilateral recipients were:

Rank Country £m

1

Sudan

91

2

Congo (Dem Rep)

46

3

Iraq

20

4

Zimbabwe

18

5

Indonesia

15

6

Uganda

14

7

Somalia

14

8

Bangladesh

13

9

Afghanistan

8

10

Pakistan

8

5. How many staff work for DFID?

As at 31 December 2010

Staff in London office - 871

Staff in East Kilbride office - 490

UK staff currently based overseas - 413

Staff appointed in country - 772

Total = 2,546

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