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Source: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) (formerly Department for International Development)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

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

United Kingdom

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.

For the current list of countries eligible for ODA, as well as which countries classify as least developed, visit the OECD website

Bilateral flows are supplied by a donor country directly to a developing country. Multilateral flows represent funding from national governments to multilateral organisations, which is pooled with other donors’ funding and disbursed as part of the core budget of the multilateral organisation

GNI refers to Gross National Income.

LDCs refers to Least Developed Countries

Available disaggregations
Calculations

Headline ODA:GNI ratio is available in calculated format (with rounding) from Table C1 in Source 1. Least developed countries ODA:GNI ratio is calculated using the sum of bilateral and imputed multilateral shares ODA (see Source 1). Calculation is performed as (ODA/GNI) * 100.

GNI figures are obtained from Source 2.

Other information

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 03 December 2021
Metadata last updated 03 December 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

Net official development assistance, total and to least developed countries, as a proportion of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee donors’ gross national income (GNI)

Target name

Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of gross national income for official development assistance (ODA/GNI) to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries; ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries

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) (formerly Department for International Development)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1970

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 29 September 2021
Next release

Spring 2022

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

statistics@fcdo.gov.uk

Other information

Table C1, Table 7 (bilateral flows) and Table A10 (imputed multilateral flows currently available for publications < 2020). Historic data can be found through the Statistics on International Development page.

Source 2

Organisation

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1960

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 13 April 2021
Next release

October 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.