Policy paper

Official Development Assistance (ODA): allocations aid policy

This document provides details of how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) allocates Official Development Assistance funding.



The 2015 UK Aid Strategy set out the government’s global approach to defeat poverty, tackle instability and create prosperity in developing countries. FCO ODA programmes work closely with Department for International Development (DFID) funded activity.

The FCO’s ODA programmes contentrate on the strategic objectives of strengthening global peace, security and governance, and promoting global prosperity. The FCO’s departmental core budget allocates ODA funding. This is reviewed annually based on Department’s policy priorities and overall budget. We take a risk-based approach: a lot of the aid is delivered in high risk environments, addressing problems where tried and tested solutions do not exist. We stop and change quickly programmes which don’t work, and identify the lessons learned for the FCO.

The FCO also has an important role in delivering programmes funded by 2 government-wide funds:

Published 26 March 2020