Department For International Development
The Smart Rules provide the operating framework for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Offices (FCDOs) programmes. They do not cover non-programme elements of FCDOs operating framework (i.e. human resources, security and estates).
To eradicate poverty in a complex and fragile world, we need to transform the way FCDO programmes are managed. Delivering results and addressing the underlying causes of poverty and conflict requires programmes that can adapt to and influence the local context.
FCDO needs to maintain high standards of programme management and due diligence, in a wide range of difficult operating environments. We must make evidence-based decisions, apply professional judgement, act proportionately, ensure a clear audit trail of our decisions and be properly accountable to UK taxpayers in everything we do.