DFID’s support for health and education in India

This review assesses DFID’s performance in India by looking through the lens of DFID’s work in one state across four health and education programmes.

Score: Green/Amber
  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 18 May 2012
  3. Type: Other
  4. Subject: Country focus, Education, Global health
  5. Assessment: Green/Amber
  6. Location: India
  7. Lead commissioner: Graham Ward CBE


This review on DFID’s Support for Health and Education in India was published in May 2012, and awarded a green-amber score. We made four recommendations and the follow-up to this review was published in July 2013.

At the time of this review, one third of the world’s poor lived in India, which received more UK aid than any other country. India’s receipt of UK aid continued to result in public debate, in both countries. DFID focused its support on three priority states: Bihar, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh. Bihar, with its population of 104 million people (the same number as live in the Philippines), was home to 13% of India’s poor.


Review publication

Published 18 May 2012

Government response

Published 22 May 2013

ICAI follow-up

Published 1 July 2013