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Indicator 17.9.1 Dollar value of financial and technical assistance (including through North-South, South‐South and triangular cooperation) committed to developing countries


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Source: Department for International Development (DfID)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: GBP (£m)

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.

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Indicator description

Total ODA and OOF flows to developing countries quantify the public effort (excluding export credits) that donors provide to developing countries.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

GBP (£m)


Development Assistance Committee (DAC) - A unique international forum of many of the largest funders of aid, including 30 DAC Members. The World Bank, IMF and UNDP participate as observers. Official development assistance (ODA) - The DAC defines ODA as “those flows to countries and territories on the DAC List of ODA Recipients and to multilateral institutions which are i) provided by official agencies, including state and local governments, or by their executive agencies; and ii) 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 and conveys a grant element of at least 25 per cent (calculated at a rate of discount of 10 per cent) ( Other official flows (OOF) - Other official flows (excluding officially supported export credits) are defined as transactions by the official sector which do not meet the conditions for eligibility as ODA, either because they are not primarily aimed at development, or because they are not sufficiently concessional ( - Para 24). Bilateral Aid - Bilateral aid covers all aid provided by donor countries when the recipient country, sector or project is known. Bilateral aid also includes aid that is channelled through a multilateral organisation where the government department determines the country, sector or theme that the funds will be spent on. Multilateral Aid - This is aid delivered in the form of core contributions to organisations on the DAC List of Multilateral Organisations. Purpose Codes - The DAC (Development Assistance Committee) Secretariat maintains various code lists which are used by donors to report on their aid flows to the DAC databases. In addition, these codes are used to classify information in the DAC databases. The sector classification codes used can be found on the OECD website (

Available disaggregations

The raw data underlying the United Kingdom Statistics on International Development was summed around appropriate aid description CRS codes, bilateral and multilateral classification, donor recipient countries, and type of aid codes. The recipient countries covered in indicator 17.9.1 sit under the DAC classifications ‘Least Developed Country’, ‘Other low income countries’, ‘Lower middle income countries and territories’, ‘Upper middle income countries and territories’ and ‘Unspecified classification’.

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Figures may not sum due to rounding. Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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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

Dollar value of financial and technical assistance (including through North-South, South‐South and triangular cooperation) committed to developing countries

Target name

Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Environment (UNEP), World Bank (WB)

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Department for International Development (DfID)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Statistical classification

National Statistic

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