DFID’s Approach to Value for Money (VfM)

This guide from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) sets out the principles that are used to ensure value for money in DFID development programmes. The paper outlines clear messages about achieving value for money in order to maximise the impact of programmes on beneficiaries lives.  It includes two frameworks: the first highlights the principles used by DFID to ensure value for money; the second focuses on results and value for money.


  • Top-line messages 2
  • VfM Principles 3
  • Figure 1: DFID’s 3Es Framework 4
  • How we ensure Value for Money in our Aid Programme 9
  • Figure 2: DFID Results & VFM Framework 9
  • What this means for you 9


Department for International Development (2011), DFID’s Approach to Value for Money (VfM), Retrieved from: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/49551/DFID-approach-value-money.pdf

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