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Development Aid: Water

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 56177, tabled on 15 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much and what proportion of Official Development Assistance the UK has been allocated (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally to water, sanitation and hygiene in each of the last five years.

Answered on

25 October 2021

Yearly UK bilateral ODA spend on Water Supply and Sanitation can be found in the respective annual Statistics on International Development publications: The statistics for 2020-2021 were published at the end of September 2021 and the figures for 2021 - 2022 will be released in the same publication next autumn. Additionally, the UK government is undertaking a three-year spending review which is expected to be announced at the Autumn budget at the end of October 2021. This should provide more clarity on future sectoral spend for the next three years.

UK Multilateral ODA spend is not published by sector because the funding is often provided flexibly to finance a wide range of policy objectives, or it is pooled with funding from other donors and therefore difficult to attribute to one country. The link above breaks down ODA funding to multilateral agencies up to 2020.