The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced, as part of the Spending Review, a temporary reduction in the UK’s aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of our national income.
The seismic impact of the pandemic on the UK economy has forced the government to take tough but necessary decisions, including this temporary reduction in the overall amount we spend on aid. We will return to 0.7% when the fiscal situation allows.
The UK government remains a world leading aid donor spending 0.5% of our national income. We will spend more than £10 billion next year to fight poverty, tackle climate change and improve global health.
We will do aid better across government, even if the budget is smaller, to deliver maximum impact for every pound we spend.
We will combine aid with diplomacy, focusing our efforts where the UK can make a world-leading difference ensuring the UK is a force for good across the globe.
In a statement to the House of Commons, the Foreign Secretary set out how we will overhaul UK aid to deliver even greater impact by focussing on 7 global challenges where it can make the most difference:
climate change and biodiversity: a greener and cleaner path to growth in developing countries
COVID and global health security: combat COVID-19 and support healthier and more resilient populations in developing countries
girls’ education: a global commitment to get 40 million girls into education and 20 million more girls reading by the age of 10
science, research, technology: deliver cutting edge technology and research-led solutions in health, education, resilience, low carbon technologies, agriculture and economic development, conflict and poverty
open societies and conflict resolution: strengthen democratic institutions, human rights, free media and effective governance
humanitarian preparedness and response: Lead stronger collective international response to crises and famine
trade and economic development: build trading and investment partners of the future
We will prioritise what we spend aid on and where we spend it. Spending will also be subject to a new and rigorous performance assessment.