Official development assistance (ODA) is defined by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) as government aid that promotes and specifically targets the economic development and welfare of developing countries. It is the key measure used in practically all aid targets and assessments of aid performance (find a full definition here). All countries and territories eligible to receive ODA are on the DAC list of ODA recipients, revised every three years by OECD.
The funding sources below are all* part of the UK government’s commitment to spend 0.7 % of the UK’s Gross National Income on Official Development Assistance (ODA), which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Browse DFID’s Development Tracker for an overview of the international development projects led by DFID, other government departments and partners, and search for information on publicly funded research and innovation on UKRI’s Gateway to Research Portal.
Definition and coverage of ODA
Guidance on ODA compliance
Evaluation and scrutiny of ODA
Independent evaluation and scrutiny of the impact and value for money of all UK government ODA is provided by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact. ICAI operates independently of government and reports to Parliament through the House of Commons International Development Committee or their ICAI Sub-Committee.
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*Excluding the Wellcome Trust, the UK’s leading global charitable foundation supporting scientists and researchers.
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