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Overseas Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the international aid budget has been spent on (a) disaster relief and (b) refugee assistance in each of the last five years.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development), Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The amount of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) spent on humanitarian assistance in each of the last 5 years is set out in the table below. In line with the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) classification, this includes expenditure on emergency response, reconstruction relief and rehabilitation, and disaster prevention and preparedness.

This expenditure covers humanitarian support overseas to both refugees and non-refugees. Detailed data is not collected to separately identify expenditure overseas solely on refugees.

UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) for Humanitarian Assistance and support to refugees 2010 -2015, £ million


Humanitarian Assistance1,3

Total (£ million)











Information on total UK ODA is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/572063/statistics-on-international-development-2016a.pdf.

Source: Statistics on International Development

Table notes:

1.The definition for humanitarian assistance and support to refugees in the UK is set internationally by the OECD DAC.

2.Covering basic costs only for the first year of stay in the UK.

3.The figures for humanitarian assistance and refugee costs cover UK bilateral and multilateral aid.

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