Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1961.
In 2012, the United Kingdom’s net ODA amounted to USD 13.66 billion, a 2.2% drop in real terms from the 2011 level. This followed the 1% decrease recorded in 2011. Firm budget allocations were put into place, however, to ensure that the ODA to GNI ratio reached 0.56% in 2012 and 0.7% from 2013 onwards.
The 0.56% ODA to GNI ratio reached in 2012 represented a very slight decrease from the 0.57% ratio reached in 2010. Unlike in many other donor countries, the economic recession has not affected the United Kingdom’s plan to reach 0.7% by 2013, and it is on track to achieve this target.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2013 (DCR)
The United Kingdom’s aid volume was USD 11.5 billion in 2009, representing 0.52% of its gross national income (GNI). Its planned expenditures for 2010/11 put it on track to reach its target of 0.7% of GNI by 2013. The United Kingdom plays a leading role in the international development community, actively engaging in key areas such as responding to climate change and the global economic crisis. Other donors see the United Kingdom’s efforts to reduce poverty as a model of good practice. The United Kingdom's high level and sustained political engagement over the last decade has been instrumental in promoting the development agenda both domestically and internationally.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Council Aid Responses to the Arab Spring
This evaluation assesses how effectively the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council responded to the ‘Arab Spring’ through their bilateral aid programmes. Following the wave of democratisation movements that swept the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from late 2010, the UK Government established the Arab Partnership, with £110 million in programme funds over four years.