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Source: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: GBP (£ thousands)

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

GBP (£ thousands)


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

Sector Purpose Codes (CRS codes) - the DAC 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. This indicator is based on gross ODA flows grouped under Type of Aid code E01 (Scholarships/training in donor country) CRS. The sector classification codes can be found on the OECD website.

Available disaggregations

The ODA data underlying the United Kingdom Statistics on International Development (SID) (see Source 1) were filtered for rows where the type of aid was scholarships/training in donor country (code E01). Amount extended was then summed for each SID sector and country income classification. The education sector was further broken down by SectorPurposeText variable. The indicator requires gross disbursements of ODA, so the amount extended value was used to do the sums, rather than the headline ODA value.

Other information

The type of study disaggregation is only available after 2017 because the earlier SID dataset does not contain the CRS descriptive variable used to disaggregate the Education sector.

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

Data last updated 18 November 2021
Metadata last updated 18 November 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

Volume of official development assistance flows for scholarships by sector and type of study

Target name

By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Link to UN metadata United Nations Sustainable Development Goals metadata for target 4.b opens in a new window

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”, AmountExtended column for gross disbursements (see relevant codes in National Metadata tab). Previous data (2009 to 2016) are available from SID for 2017

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