Overseas Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 5th September 2018.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the amount of funding given to UK-based organisations that has been spent on (a) overseas aid and (b) administrative costs within the UK over the last five years.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) data is collected and reported according to a standard international classification produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). According to this classification, the amount of UK ODA delivered by UK and other donor country NGOs in the last five years is given in the table below:

UK ODA spend delivered by donor1-based NGO, 2012-20162






Net ODA (millions £)






Source: Statistics on International Development

1. Donor-based NGOs cover UK based NGOs as well as the NGOs of other donors. The figures included above will mainly consist of UK based NGOs however there are some amounts included for other donor NGOs delivering UK ODA, such as UK contributions to the Norway-based, Norwegian Refugee Council.

2. The latest data is for calendar year 2016 and figures for 2017 will be published this autumn.

This classification does not include ODA spend by other types of UK based institutions (research institutions, universities and private sector organisations).

The information for (b) is not held in the form requested and can only be collated at disproportionate cost.

DFID works to reduce administrative costs charged by suppliers. The policy, which ensures a consistent approach, is followed across all contracts. The policy can be found on Gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/652367/Cost-Eligibility-Guidance.pdf

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