Overseas Aid

House of Lords written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government to how many countries they have provided official development assistance in each year since 1997, and which were the countries in question.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

As a result of the bilateral aid review commissioned in May 2010, the Department for International Development (DfID) aid programme is focused in fewer countries, so that support can be targeted where it will make the biggest difference. Twenty-eight priority countries have been identified.

The table below shows the number of countries that received official development assistance (ODA) from the UK Government in each year since 1997. Electronic records for the DfID contributions to UK ODA do not exist prior to 2006.

Year DfID-only Official Development Assistance All UK Official Development Assistance
1997 129
1998 128
1999 128
2000 126
2001 120
2002 119
2003 117
2004 115
2005 113
2006 105 113
2007 93 129
2008 88 130
2009 91 132
2010 78 133

DfID publishes details of official development assistance in the "Statistics on International Development" publication. Data from 2006 to 2011 can be found here: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/About-us/How-we-measure- progress/Aid-Statistics/Statistics-on-International-Development-2011/.

The list of countries that have received UK ODA, since 1997, will be deposited in the House Library.

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