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

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percent of GNI (%)

Footnote: For the FDI series, data prior to 2012 are on a Balance of Payments Manual 5 (BPM5) basis. From 2012 and onwards data are on a Balance of Payments Manual 6 (BPM6) basis.

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

Percent of GNI (%)

Definitions

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is cross-border investment made with the objective of establishing a lasting interest in the host economy. The FDI part of this indicator focuses on inflows (inward FDI), which is the direct investments in the UK from non-resident companies. Official development assistance (ODA) is defined by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) as “government aid that promotes and specifically targets the economic development and welfare of developing countries”. GNI refers to Gross National Income.

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Calculations

The ODA:GNI ratio (as a percentage) is provided in a calculated format from the original publication in Table C1 from Source 1 (with rounding). The FDI:GNI ratio (as a percentage) is calculated using the FDI inflows from Source 2 and the UK GNI figures from Source 3 as (FDI/GNI) x 100. The GNI numbers are also available from historic FCDO publications in Table 1 (see Source 1)

Other information

The GNI used for the FDI:GNI ratio calculations is the same GNI number (based on current methodology in given year) as the GNI used for the ODA:GNI ratio. The ODA part of this indicator is a duplication of indicator 17.2.1 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

Foreign direct investment, official development assistance and South-South cooperation as a proportion of gross national income

Target name

Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I (FDI)/Tier II (ODA, SSC)

UN custodian agency

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Link to UN metadata United Nations Sustainable Development Goals metadata for target 17.3 opens in a new window

Source 1

Organisation

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (formerly Department for International Development)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1970

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source Statistics on International Development - Final UK Aid Spend 2019 opens in a new window
Release date 08 April 2021
Next release

Autumn 2021

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

statistics@fcdo.gov.uk

Other information

Table C1 (UK ODA Levels between 1970 and 2020) from Statistics on International Development Provisional UK Aid Spend 2020 - accompanying tables

Source 2

Organisation

Office for National Statistics

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2004

Geographical coverage

UK

Link to data source Foreign direct investment involving UK companies (directional) - inward opens in a new window
Release date 21 December 2020
Next release

TBA

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

fdi@ons.gov.uk

Other information

FDI figures come from Table 1.1 Summary of FDI flows, by component, 2010 to 2019 (Directional)

Source 3

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.