Net Official Development Assistance (ODA) flows to developing countries in GBP and 2020 USD value.


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Source: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: GBP, USD at average 2020 rate

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Net Official Development Assistance (ODA) flows to developing countries in GBP and 2020 USD value.

Indicator description

The sum of all ODA flows that the UK provides to developing countries, disaggregated by recipient country income group. The UN specifications for this indicator requires the total sum of ODA and Other Official Flows (OOF), but the data displayed here only reflects ODA disbursements.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

GBP, USD at average 2020 rate


Official Development Assistance (ODA) - resource flows to developing countries and multilateral organisations provided by official agencies (e.g. the UK Government) or their executive agencies. Each transaction is administered for the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries and is concessional in character. More information on ODA can be found on the OECD website. ODA recipients are broken down in groups according to their Gross National Income (GNI) per capita.

Country income classification - the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of countries eligible to receive ODA is based on Gross National Income per capita as published by the World Bank. All low and middle income countries are included, with the exception of G8 members, EU members, and countries with a firm date for entry into the EU. The list also includes all Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as defined by the United Nations (UN).

LDCs - Least Developed Countries

LMICs - Lower-Middle Income Countries

UMICs - Upper Middle Income Countries

Other LICs - Other Low Income Countries

Undefined - ODA that cannot be allocated to a single country

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.

Available disaggregations

Net ODA flows are summed together for the respective year, and disaggregated by country income group (see Source 1). The dollar value is calculated based on average annual exchange rate for 2020 as specified by the Average Sterling exchange rate - US Dollar (see Source 2)

Other information

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has not 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

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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Source 1


Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source Statistics on International Development (SID) Final UK Aid Spend 2020 opens in a new window
Release date 29 September 2021
Next release

Spring 2022

Statistical classification

National statistic

Contact details

Other information

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

Source 2


Office for National Statistics



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source Average Sterling exchange rate US Dollar opens in a new window
Release date 12 August 2021
Next release

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Statistical classification

Official statistics

Contact details

Other information

The source periodicity is monthly, but the indicator is updated annually and the release date reflects the release of the dataset used for the latest indicator update