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In 2010 I commissioned an independent review of the Department for International Development's (DFID) work to increase public awareness of global poverty. I also closed a number of programmes designed to promote awareness of global poverty in the UK that failed to demonstrate real development impact and value for money. Following the review, I decided that DFID would not fund any new development awareness projects and that funds would be redirected to front line programmes in developing countries.
The coalition Government believe that every child should learn about the challenges of poverty and underdevelopment which face children their own age in other countries, and about the potential of trade, wealth creation and economic development to build a freer, more prosperous world. DFID's work over the last decade to integrate development issues into the school curriculum has been successful in achieving this. DFID will continue to fund development education work in schools, and this work is now being put on a strategic footing.