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.
Aid for trade gross disbursements flows of official development assistance (ODA)
The UN specification requires the total flows from ODA and Other Official Flows (OOF) for aid for trade, which is not available here. The flows covered by OOF are defined as all additional loans, grants and equity investments received by developing countries. These additional flows cover the same technologies and other activities (research and development, technical assistance, etc.) as listed in the CRS codes but exclude all flows extracted from the OECD/ CRS codes. The reported indicator only covers the ODA part, so it is likely an underestimation.
|Unit of measurement
GBP (£ thousands), constant USD ($ 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 as its primary objective 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
Unspecified - ODA that cannot be allocated to a single country
Country income classification is available here. Further breakdowns such as recipient country are available in the Source 1 data.
Aid for trade is captured by the Broad Sector Code 331. The gross ODA across these codes is summed for the headline UK data using the 'AmountExtended' variable in the data source. These sums are broken down into the different recipient country income classifications outlined in the definitions.
The Broad Sector Code field and other relevant disaggregations are available from the Data Underlying SID spreadsheets linked in Source 1.
The constant USD conversion was done using methodology specified by the OECD. The GBP values were converted with the USD exchange rate for the respective year, and then a deflator with base year 2021 was applied to transform the current USD values to constant 2021 USD values (see Source 2).
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 been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated
|05 June 2023
|Metadata last updated
|05 June 2023