Department for International Development

The Department for International Development is UK Government Department responsible for promoting development and the reduction of poverty. Justine Greening MP is the Secretary of State for the Department.

Working in International Development

The UK Government provides advice on working for international organisations such as the World Bank, UN and the WTO.


The UK Government provides information on volunteering placements including - where to look for opportunities. You'll also find useful information on your rights and expenses as a volunteer.

Volunteer ICS

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a volunteering opportunity backed by the UK government which is open to all 18-25 year olds. You can find more information about the development programme and how to apply here.

Project Umubano

Since 2007, a large number of Conservative volunteers have traveled out to Rwanda and Sierra Leone each July to join Project Umubano. This year, volunteers will head to Tanzania on Project Urafiki. MPs, Ministers, lawyers, nurses, business people, teachers and students have funded their own visit to help build a lasting legacy in Africa.

Project Maja

Project Maja was set up by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi in Bosnia in 2009. The project has now been extended to Bangladesh, working in the capital Dhaka, and the north-eastern city of Sylhet.

Conservative Party Manifesto

The Conservative Party's 2017 manifesto pledged to honour our commitments, save lives, tackle the causes of poverty and promote gender equality (see pages 78 & 79).