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Overseas Aid

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 43732, tabled on 20 July 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to amend the definition of overseas development assistance used by her Department.

Answered on

5 September 2016

The Government adheres to the definition of Official Development Assistance (ODA) set by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC). After several years of complex negotiations, the DAC updated the ODA rules in February 2016 so that they better recognise the challenges to development posed by conflict, insecurity and terrorism, as well as the growing importance of private sector investment. The Government’s priority is to ensure these reforms are implemented effectively.

As a donor that pursues its national interests by contributing 0.7% of its Gross National Income to ODA, the UK welcomes the DAC’s commitment to keeping ODA relevant and credible.

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