Policy paper

Official Development Assistance

How and why the UK government provides overseas aid.



Official development assistance (ODA) – commonly known as overseas aid – is when support, expertise or finance is supplied by one government to help the people of another country.

The UK government is the only G7 country to have met the UN’s target to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on overseas aid. This is not just the right thing to do, but firmly in our own national interest as well.

Published 23 November 2015