The White Paper on International Development sets out what the UK Government will do to reduce world poverty over the next five years. The White Paper sets out DFID’s priorities and explains how DFID will work with the rest of UK Government, partner governments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academics and the private sector to fulfil the promises made in 2005 to significantly reduce world poverty.The White Paper’s main messages are: DFID will deliver the promises made in 2005 by: increasing their development budget to 0.7% of gross national income by 2013, concentrating resources on the poorest countries – particularly sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia – and working more in fragile states, making sure that wider UK policies support development, and doubling funding for science and technology. DFID will put governance at the centre of their work – focusing on building states that are capable, responsive and accountable to their citizens. DFID will use a new framework for assessing the quality of governance to do this and use the assessment to tailor support appropriately to country circumstances. DFID will also step up efforts dramatically to tackle corruption internationally, for example through a new anti-corruption unit and follow up to Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. DFID will increase efforts to help people have security, incomes through growth and public services. DFID will commit 50% of all future bilateral aid to public services for poor people - social protection will be a major new area of workDFID will work internationally to tackle climate change, by helping developing countries to participate in international negotiations on climate change and to integrate adaptation to climate change impacts into their development programmesDFID will help create an international system fit for the 21st century, focusing on UN reform, a more effective and responsive World Bank, IMF and regional banks, and closer working relationships with EU Member States and the EC to ensure that EU aid is effective and that non-aid policies support development.
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