About this release The publication focuses on the key international measure of official aid spend, known as Official Development Assistance (ODA)1. Box 1 explains the definition of ODA.
Box 1 – Key Definition: Official Development Assistance Official Development Assistance (ODA) is produced according to standardised definitions and methodologies of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee. ODA is defined as resource flows to developing countries1 and multilateral organisations, which are provided by official agencies (e.g. the UK Government) or their executive agencies, where each transaction meets the following tests:
• It is administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as its main objective; and
• It is concessional, including grants and soft loans2.
A glossary, explaining key terms used throughout this report, is available in Annex 1 of SID.
ODA is a calendar year cash flow measure and considers repayments as well as spend3.
It contains the release of finalised UK ODA spend figures for the calendar year, 2017, and includes total UK spend on ODA, including the UK’s ODA:GNI ratio; trends in the last five years (2013 to 2017 inclusive as shown in most tables) and key breakdowns by government department, recipient country or organisation, type of assistance and purpose.
This publication updates previous provisional figures of UK ODA for 2017 published in April 2018 4.