Structural reform plan

Structural Reform Plans are the key tool of the Coalition Government for making departments accountable for the implementation of the reforms set out in the Coalition Agreement. They replace the old, top-down systems of targets and central micromanagement.

The reforms set out in each department’s SRP are designed to turn government on its head, taking power away from Whitehall and putting it into the hands of people and communities. Once these reforms are in place, people themselves will have the power to improve our country and our public services, through the mechanisms of local democratic accountability, competition, choice, and social action.

The reform plans set out in this document are consistent with and form part of the Department's contribution to the Spending Review. All departmental spending is subject to the Spending Review.

We have adopted a cautious view of the timescales for delivering all legislative measures due to the unpredictability of pressures on Parliamentary time.


Foreword by the Secretary of State

This Structural Reform Plan sets out some of the steps we will take to help achieve the Coalition Government’s objectives on international development. It focuses on the main internal, structural reforms we will make in DFID. We expect to be held to account by Parliament and by the public on whether we deliver these reforms.

It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of Coalition Government policies on international development, or to capture the full extent of on-going work within DFID. This wider work covers areas including direct action to deliver the Millennium Development Goals, wealth creation, governance and security, climate change and global partnerships.

We will seek to use DFID’s international reputation to persuade other agencies to follow our leadership and drive deep reform of the international aid architecture: confronting weaknesses and driving improvements in value for money, efficiency and poverty-focus throughout the international system.

I look forward to members of the public engaging with this plan.

Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development

Departmental priorities

International Commitments

  • Honour the UK's international commitments and support actions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals

Value for Money

  • Make British aid more effective in reducing poverty through improved transparency and value for money

Wealth Creation

  • Make British international development policy more focussed on boosting economic growth and wealth creation

Afghanistan, Pakistan, Conflict and Stabilisation

  • Improve the join-up and performance of British development policy in conflict countries, with particular focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan

Role of Women

  • Recognise the role of women in development and promote gender equality

Climate Change

  • Drive urgent action to tackle climate change and support adaptation efforts in developing countries
Last updated: 27 Jul 2010