||<p>In financial year 2016-17, DFID spent £1.3 billion funding the work of civil society.
DFID provides assistance to strengthen civil society in the UK and overseas through
capacity building support and funding opportunities. This assistance is delivered
through our centrally-managed programmes and our country programmes.</p><p> </p><p>DFID
is acting to increase support to CSOs based in developing countries. We are broadening
out some of our centrally-managed programmes to accept bids from Southern-based CSOs.
This includes UK Aid Direct, DFID’s centrally-managed programme for small and medium
civil society organisations. The most recent UK Aid Direct funding round was fully
open to bids from Southern-based CSOs for the first time.</p><p> </p><p>In addition,
through UK Aid Connect we are funding programmes specifically targeted at enhancing
civil society effectiveness in the UK and overseas.</p>