ONE responds to preliminary 2018 UK aid statistics

Today, the Office of National Statistics has released preliminary figures showing the amount of Official Development Assistance (ODA) the UK gave in 2019. The figures show that the UK met the target of providing 0.7% of GNI, with a total of £14.5BN in aid.

Speaking in response to the announcement, Romilly Greenhill, UK Director of the ONE Campaign, said:

“Keeping this promise shows that Britain sticks to its word –  delivering 0.7% of National Income in aid is proof that the UK is leading from the front in helping to solve the world’s challenges.

“It is heartening to see DFID spending a growing share of UK ODA, as their aid is the most poverty focused, effective and transparent across Government.”

Did you know, that UK overseas aid…

  • Reached 26.8 million people, including at least 8.2 million women and girls, with humanitarian assistance between April 2015 and March 2018.
  • Supported immunisation of approximately 37.4 million children, saving 610,000 lives, between January 2015 and December 2017.
  • Reached 42 million children under 5, women of childbearing age and adolescent girls through our nutrition-relevant programmes from April 2015 to March 2018.
  • Supported 14 million women and girls to use modern methods of family planning between April 2017 and March 2018.
  • Supported 11.4 million children to gain a decent education, between April 2015 and March 2018.
  • Supported 40.3 million people to access clean water and/or better sanitation between April 2015 and March 2018.
  • Continuously supported 27 countries to manage their public finances more transparently since March 2015, and 39 countries in 2017-18 alone.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

The ONS figures are available here