In 2013, the United Kingdom provided USD 17.9 billion ODA (preliminary data), a 27.8% increase in real terms from 2012. It is the 2nd largest donor of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in terms of volume. The United Kingdom has put into place firm budget allocations to meet its 0.7% ODA/GNI target, and reached 0.72% in 2013. All of its ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was untied in 2012. The grant element of total ODA was 100% in 2012.
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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.