DFID Announce UK Aid Connect Fund

13 Jul 2017


The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has opened the UK Aid Connect Fund. Applications are invited from consortia that address complex development challenges in their priority countries (including Malawi). Bringing together civil society organisations, third sector, public and private organisations and think tanks, UK Aid Connect focuses on the following priority thematic areas:


Phase 1 challenges (closing date for proposals 15 September 2017):

  • Promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Achieving disability Inclusion
  • Working towards global security and stability
  • Building civil society effectiveness


Phase 2 challenges (closing date for proposals 20 October 2017):

  • Building open societies: protecting the space for free, plural and independent media
  • Tackling child labour and modern slavery
  • Addressing lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender inclusion
  • Supporting tolerance and freedom of religion or belief


The consortia will undertake action research, trialling new approaches and testing the viability of scaling up effective approaches to produce rigorous and influential evidence and learning.


The Terms of Reference for each of the themes will set out the process for submitting the proposal. DFID do not expect to see a full programme design at this time; this will be undertaken with DFID during the co-creation phase.


Between now and 31 July, DFID will convene a series of open meetings to discuss the key development challenges in the thematic areas in Whitehall, London. To find out more and to read the Terms of Reference for each thematic area, click here.


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