The Department for International Development
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.
DFID in Pakistan
- more than 60 million people in Pakistan live in extreme poverty
- 12 million children are out of school
- 1 in 11 children die before their 5th birthday
- 12,000 women die in childbirth every year
Entrenched poverty is denying opportunities to millions of people and undermining Pakistan’s long-term stability and prosperity.
Beating poverty and building a prosperous democratic Pakistan will help not only millions of poor Pakistanis, but it will also improve stability in Pakistan, the region and beyond. That’s why Pakistan is one of the UK government’s top priorities.
DFID’s total project budget for Pakistan for the year 2013-14 is £284,735,437 which is 2.98% of total DFID’s budget. In Pakistan recently there are 32 active projects funded by DFID.
Pakistan’s education system is in crisis, and the country has a booming youth population. In twenty years’ time the number of young people will be larger than the entire UK population.
Every full year of extra schooling across the population increases economic growth by up to one percentage point, as more people with better reading, writing and math’s skills enter the workforce. If educated, healthy, and working, these young people offer a vast mine of talent and productivity – a huge demographic dividend to unlock Pakistan’s potential on the global stage.
That’s why the UK’s priorities in Pakistan from 2011 to 2015 are: education; women and children’s health; creating jobs and supporting economic growth; strengthening democracy and governance; and building peace and stability in conflict-affected areas.