The FCDO has accountability for delivering £8,115m of Official Growth Help (ODA) spend this yr, roughly 80% of complete UK ODA. I’ve just lately concluded the FCDO’s inner enterprise planning course of to allocate this price range for 2021/22 in accordance with UK strategic priorities towards a difficult monetary local weather because of COVID. This assertion updates the Home on the conclusions of that course of.
All through the enterprise planning course of, we strived to make sure that each penny of the FCDO’s ODA spend brings most strategic coherence, affect and worth for taxpayers’ cash.
The ensuing portfolio marks a strategic shift, placing our help price range to work alongside our diplomatic community, our science and expertise experience and our financial partnerships in tackling world challenges. We’ll concentrate on core HMG priorities for poverty discount, together with getting extra women into college, offering pressing humanitarian help to those that want it most, and tackling world threats like local weather change, COVID restoration and different worldwide well being priorities. Primarily based on OECD knowledge for 2020, the UK would be the third largest donor inside the G7 as a share of GNI.
The Built-in Evaluate has helped information the method, by setting out how an impartial and sovereign world Britain will act as a drive for good and use its affect to form the longer term worldwide order. To ship that imaginative and prescient I’ve allotted sources to the seven priorities I got down to Parliament on 26 November:
local weather and biodiversity. FCDO will keep a powerful local weather and biodiversity portfolio of £534m as we host COP26. In complete, the FCDO will ship greater than £941m of actions this yr, throughout all themes, that depend in direction of the UK’s flagship £11.6bn Worldwide Local weather Finance goal
world well being safety. FCDO will spend £1,305m on world well being. We’ll concentrate on the UK’s place on the forefront of the worldwide response to Covid-19, by our commitments to COVAX, GAVI and WHO, and thru bilateral spend the place the necessity is best in Africa
women’ schooling. FCDO will spend £400m on women’ schooling. We’ll make investments immediately in over 25 nations, serving to to attain the worldwide goal to get 40 million women into schooling and demonstrating our dedication at this yr’s International Partnership for Schooling summit
humanitarian preparedness and response. FCDO will spend £906m to take care of the UK’s position as a drive for good at occasions of disaster, focusing our work on these nations most affected by danger of famine, together with Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and South Sudan. A £30m disaster reserve will allow us to reply quickly to new crises
science & expertise. FCDO will make £251m of R&D investments throughout all seven themes of this technique, with £38m focused immediately at science and expertise together with new improvements to sort out improvement challenges, together with improvements in satellite tv for pc imagery and AI to help humanitarian responses
open societies and battle decision. FCDO will spend £419m to harness the UK’s distinctive strengths in battle administration and determination, and to mission our help for democratic values and establishments, human rights, and freedom of spiritual perception. We’ll additional drive affect and help democratic values and establishments by our diplomacy, together with our new sanctions coverage, which is able to shortly be prolonged to cowl corruption. Now we have additionally protected Civil Society programmes, notably Comedian Aid, Commonwealth Veterans, Jo Cox Memorial grants inside UK Help Direct, UK Help Match and VSO
financial improvement and commerce. FCDO will spend £491m to help new commerce relationships with creating nation companions, complementing our wider multilateral and capital investments to construct the commerce and funding companions of the longer term. We’ll use CDC and multilateral companions to drive mutually useful development with strategic companions in circumstances the place non-public sector funding will not be practicable
An extra £3,159m will meet the federal government’s cross-cutting contributions to multilateral companions and world funds, together with our pledge to stay the most important donor to IDA19, the African Growth Fund, and different multilateral improvement banks; help Arms-Size Our bodies such because the British Council; and canopy FCDO working prices. That is complemented by the ODA spent by different authorities departments, which I set out in a Written Ministerial Assertion on 26 January 2021.
Inside this framework, I’ve additionally ensured that the UK is ready to exert most affect as a drive for good in Africa and strategically tilt in direction of the Indo-Pacific. FCDO will spend round half its bilateral ODA price range in Africa, the place human struggling stays most acute, together with a significant shift to East Africa to mirror the UK’s distinctive position and clear nationwide strategic curiosity. One third of FCDO bilateral ODA shall be spent within the Indo-Pacific and South Asia, in help of our deeper engagement in that area, selling open societies, reinforcing commerce hyperlinks and selling local weather change collaboration.
In China, I’ve lowered FCDO’s ODA for programme supply by 95% to £0.9m (with extra ODA on this yr solely to satisfy the contractual exit prices of former programmes). The remaining £900,000 will fund programmes on open societies and human rights.
The UK stays a world chief in worldwide improvement, not solely by the affect of those monetary allocations but in addition by the creation of the FCDO, integrating diplomacy and improvement to ship better affect. We’ll return to our dedication to spend 0.7% of gross nationwide revenue on ODA when the fiscal state of affairs permits.
|Thematic space||FCDO ODA allocation 2021/22, £m|
|Local weather change and biodiversity||534|
|COVID and world well being||1,305|
|Humanitarian preparedness and response||906|
|Open societies and battle||419|
|Science, analysis and expertise||38 (plus thematic R&D)|
|Commerce and financial improvement||491|
|Programmes with cross reducing themes||1,940|
|ALBs, Worldwide Subscriptions and different fastened prices||1,219|