Regional Distribution of Empowerment and Accountability Projects

Over 60% of the empowerment and accountability projects are being implemented in Africa – East, Central, West or Southern. Indeed, this is where DFID invests the majority of its aid – 78% of DFID’s budget 2014/2015 was allocated to Africa.

A total of 29% of DFID’s empowerment and accountability projects are based in Asia, Western Asia or the Caribbean. This compares with 17% of DFID’s budget for 2014/2015 invested in this region.

Only 4% of the empowerment and accountability projects are being implemented in the Middle East or North Africa, and the same percentage of DFID’s 2014/2015 budget is also invested in this region.

This analysis focuses on DFID’s 33 priority countries, as at 2011, when the two policy frames were adopted (see page 149-150 of the DFID Annual Report for details). We have organised the countries following DFID’s regional categorisation. Whilst DFID supports projects in the Caribbean, it does so through regional programming and none of the Caribbean countries are deemed priority countries.  As a result, they do not feature in the list below.  If a project is being implemented in multiple countries, it is counted in each country where it is operational.  The same applies for regions, where a project is being implemented in multiple regions.

DFID Priority Countries

  • Asia and Caribbean: Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam
  • East and Central Africa: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
  • Middle East and North Africa: Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Yemen
  • Western Asia: Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan
  • West and Southern Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Global/ Other: Project and programmes that have a worldwide focus, such as global funds, or those that take place in a non-DFID focal country.