Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), UK Aid Direct was established in 2014 as a successor to the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF), which was created in 2010.
UK Aid Direct is a challenge fund designed to support the UK’s commitments to achieving the Global Goals. UK Aid Direct currently reaches more than 11 million people, with more than 140 live grants across 34 different countries. Funding rounds will continue until 2020.
The aim of UK Aid Direct is to fund small- and medium-sized national and international civil society organisations (CSOs) to reduce poverty and work towards achieving the Global Goals. Specifically, UK Aid Direct funding reaches the most marginalised and vulnerable populations, supporting the DFID agenda to ‘leave no one behind’.