Partnerships and Consortiums


The UK Department for International Development (DFID) expects all projects funded by UK Aid Direct to demonstrate high levels of beneficiary engagement and ownership at all key stages of project delivery.

The type of partner is defined in terms of the nature of the partnership.

Implementation partners are defined as those that manage project funds and play a prominent role in project management and delivery.

Collaborative partners are those that play a key role in supporting the delivery of the project and in coordination, but do not directly manage project funds.

For all proposed partnerships, the roles of each partner and their contribution to project delivery of the project must be clearly defined.

Only those partners in a formal consortium must all comply with the eligibility criteria.

Consortium applications

DFID defines consortium applications as those submitted by formal consortia, meaning where 2 or more organisations come together to create a new, formally constituted organisation, with its own organisational accounts.

Informal consortia, where 2 or more organisations work together on a specific project or initiative only, will be considered as partnerships, as defined above.

All formal consortium members must meet the eligibility criteria for the applicant organisation for the grant type they are applying for.