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DFID Pakistan,
British High Commission
Diplomatic Enclave
Tel: 00 9251 201 2000

Map courtesy of the FCO


schoolgirls, faisalabad districtDFID is providing 236m in aid to Pakistan over the current three year period. In November 2006, Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Shaukat Aziz signed a 10-year Development Partnership Arrangement and the UK announced a doubling of aid for the period 2008-2011 to 480m. Since then, DFID has begun a programme of consultation with other government departments, civil society, academics, MPs and the general public in the UK and Pakistan on how this new money should be spent.


Country Facts

  • The population is 160 million
  • 24% of the population - around 38 million - were living below the national poverty line in 2004/05
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita is around US$630
  • Life expectancy is 64 years
  • 50% of the adult population is illiterate
  • One in ten children die before their fifth birthday.

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DFID in Pakistan

DFID published its Country Assistance Plan (CAP)PDF document(133 kb) in February 2005. Drawing on Pakistan's own poverty reduction plans, it identifies three outcomes that will provide a focus for the UK's development relationship with Pakistan over the next three years:

  • increased incomes for the poor 

  • improved service delivery of education, health and population services to the poor 

  • greater accountability of the state to its citizens.

Apart from assistance to federal (national) programmes, DFID is concentrating its assistance on two provinces: Punjab and the North West Frontier Province (NWFP). Ministers have agreed that we should not work directly in either Baluchistan or Sindh. In taking this decision, we considered need (population size and poverty levels), working relationships and the size and scope of other donors' programmes.

For further information read our Pakistan FactsheetPDF document(135 kb) and see the progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in PakistanPDF document(97 kb) - April 2007.

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Last updated: 18 June 2007

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