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DFID’s Aid Spending for Nutrition 2016

The report expands on previous reports that looked at United Kingdom’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) investments between 2010 and 2015, and uses the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement’s agreed methodology.

Key Findings

  • DFID disbursed US$805 million of nutrition-related official development assistance (ODA or aid) to developing countries in 2016: US$693 million on nutrition-sensitive interventions and US$111 million on nutrition-specific interventions.
  • Total nutrition-related spending decreased from 2015 volumes by US$210 million; nutrition-sensitive spending fell by US$139 million, though nutrition-specific spending rose by US$29 million.
  • The number of DFID-supported nutrition projects has remained steady at 140: 104 nutrition-sensitive projects, 16 nutrition-specific projects and 20 projects that have both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive components.
  • Half of DFID’s nutrition-sensitive spending relates to humanitarian interventions. The remaining spending is broadly split between the ‘health’ sector (17%), ‘agriculture and food security’ (15%) and the ‘social services’ sector (9%).
  • DFID’s nutrition spending reached a record 35 countries, up from 32 countries in 2015 and greater than in any previous year. Though spending, particularly nutrition-specific spending, continues to concentrate in sub-Saharan Africa.

This analysis was carried out by Development Initiatives under the MQSUN+ consortium.