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Source: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Geographical Area: UK

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

UK

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

Official Development Assistance (ODA) is provided according to the standardised definitions and methodologies of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC). ODA is defined as resource flows to developing countries and multilateral organisations, which are provided by official agencies (e.g. the UK Government) or their executive agencies, where each transaction is administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as its main objective and is concessional in character. More information on DAC and ODA can be found on the OECD website.

Poverty reduction ODA flows include basic social services and development food aid. These can be identified from the total ODA flows by Creditor Reporting System purpose codes (Sector Purpose Code/CRS codes) as follows

-Basic Education (CRS codes 112xx)

-Basic Health (CRS codes (122xx)

-Water Supply and Sanitation (CRS codes 140xx)

-Multisector aid for basic social services (CRS code 16050)

-Development Food Aid (CRS code 52010)

Available disaggregations
Calculations

The UK is a donor country, so the indicator represents the sum of bilateral ODA grants that focus on poverty reduction (based on the specified CRS codes) as a proportion of the UK’s gross national income (GNI). Calculation is performed as (ODA/GNI) * 100

Other information

The gross national income (GNI) used for the proportion calculations is the same GNI number (based on current methodology in given year) as the GNI used for the ODA to GNI ratio calculations for UK SDG indicators 17.2.1 and 17.3.1. The Office for National Statistics publishes GNI values, but for consistency purposes the values used for these calculations were obtained from the OECD repository (Source 2). The OECD sources GNI from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 08 October 2021
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Total official development assistance grants from all donors that focus on poverty reduction as a share of the recipient country’s gross national income

Target name

Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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Source 1

Organisation

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2009

Geographical coverage

UK

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Release date 24 September 2020
Next release

Spring 2021

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

statistics@fcdo.gov.uk

Other information

Latest poverty reduction ODA flows data (2017 to 2019) are obtained from table “Data underlying the SID publication” (see relevant CRS codes in National Metadata tab). Previous data (2009 to 2016) is available from SID for 2017

Source 2

Organisation

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1960

Geographical coverage

UK

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Release date 13 April 2021
Next release

01/06/2021

Statistical classification

Official statistics

Contact details

dac.contact@oecd.org

Other information

UK GNI figures can be accessed through Total flows by donor option [DAC1], customising by United Kingdom, national currency, and desired date span options.