Eligible countries


Countries that are eligible for organisations to implement their UK Aid Direct funded projects:

  • Those listed in the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI)
  • Countries the UK Department for International Development (DFID) considers to be of high or moderate fragility.

Some countries will appear in both lists (below).

Please note:

  • Projects based in Afghanistan and Somalia are not eligible for Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) project grants
  • Projects based in Kenya: to ensure an even spread of projects across different countries, the number of UK Aid Direct projects already operating in the local area will be considered during the application assessment process. UK Aid Direct currently receives a particularly high volume of proposals for projects in Kenya. For Kenya, priority will be given to projects delivering in areas with high levels of poverty (for example, the North, East and urban slums) and addressing issues such as basic health, girls’ education, family planning, and youth employment.

Visit our where we work page to see an active directory of countries UK Aid Direct grant holders are working in.

The lowest 50 countries in UN Human Development Index (HDI):

Afghanistan**
Angola
Bangladesh
Benin
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
Côte d'Ivoire
Djibouti
Eritrea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Kenya
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Niger
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Sudan
Sudan
Tanzania (United Republic of)
Togo
Uganda
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
** Not eligible for a Small Charities Challenge Fund grant
Syria is excluded from the list

Countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility:

Afghanistan**
Angola
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Burundi
Central African Republic
Chad
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Egypt (Arab Republic of)
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Iraq
Kenya
Kyrgyz Republic
Lebanon
Libya
Mali
Myanmar
Nigeria
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Pakistan
Somalia**
South Sudan
Sudan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Venezuela (República Bolivariana de)
Yemen
Zimbabwe
** Not eligible for a Small Charities Challenge Fund grant