Overseas Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 9th September 2021.

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Photo of Bell Ribeiro-Addy Bell Ribeiro-Addy Labour, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, where funding for official development assistance that was allocated to the European Commission Directorate for Development prior to the UK's departure from the EU has been allocated to since the UK's departure from the EU.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK continues to contribute to EU development programmes (ODA) under the 2014-2020 EU Budget and for the European Development Fund (EDF), as part of the wider financial settlement in the Withdrawal Agreement. The total UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) through the EU as committed in the Withdrawal Agreement was just over £1.5bn in 2020 and the FCDO estimates that it will be around £1.4bn in 2021 and then gradually decline over the coming years, depending on the speed of EU implementation.

As a third country, the UK will not be contributing to the new 2021-27 EU Budget, including external action. The level of ODA resources no longer provided to the EU budget in support of EU development programmes will become gradually more significant over time. Future Spending Reviews will determine how these ODA resources are prioritised.

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