Making science work for development

DFID essentials: funding mechanisms, policies and priorities

26 June

This course is essential preparation for those new to working with DFID. Discover what DFID cares about, what they expect from you and how your organisation can adapt to work effectively with them. Learn what DFID mean by value for money, theory of change, beneficiary feedback and other key topics, including their due diligence requirements.

Take this course together with DFID proposal writing or DFID grant management for a thorough preparation in DFID funding. 

Who is it for?

For those new to working with DFID. Suitable for fundraising staff and those hoping to apply for either central or in-country DFID grants or contracts.

What you will learn

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain DFID’s strategy and priorities clearly and confidently to others in your organisation
  • Describe the range of funding mechanisms DFID offers and where to find out about these
  • Compare different funds and identify those your organisation could apply for
  • Describe key approaches organisations need to follow when working with DFID including theory of change, logical frameworks, value for money, beneficiary feedback, adaptive management
  • Identify key steps your organisation must take to be ready to apply for DFID funding


DFID Headlines: strategy & priorities

  • What is DFID’s overall remit & goal?
  • DFID’s priorities for development
  • What makes DFID distinct from other donors?

DFID Headlines: spending

  • How much is spent and how is it allocated
  • Introduction to grants vs contracts
  • How to find DFID funding
  • Introduction to key funds eg Aid Direct, Aid Match, Prosperity Fund, Innovation Funds

Exploring DFIDs key requirements

  • Theory of change
  • Logical frameworks
  • Value for money
  • Beneficiary feedback
  • Adaptive management
  • Due diligence