SID 2010 Key statistics

  • The UK’s Gross Public Expenditure on Development (GPEX) amounted to £7,767m in 2009/10. The DFID aid programme accounted for £6,629m (85%) of this expenditure.
  • GPEX increased to £7,767m in 2009/10 from £7,183m in 2008/09.  This represents an increase of £584m (8%). 
  • Excluding debt relief, GPEX totalled £7,668m in 2009/10; this represents an increase of £833m (12%) over the 2008/09 total of £6,835m.
  • In the calendar year 2009 the UK reported £7,356m as Official Development Assistance (ODA), making the UK the 4th largest OECD-DAC donor on this internationally agreed classification of aid.  The UK’s ODA/ GNI ratio for 2009 was 0.52 per cent.
  • In 2009/10 £3,958m (60%) of the DFID programme was bilateral assistance and £2,436m (37%) was multilateral assistance.  The remaining £234m (4%) was spent on administration costs.
  • Of the £3,958m bilateral assistance delivered in 2009/10, 68 per cent (or £2,674m) was spent through DFID’s country programme (for a definition please see the Glossary entry for Country Programme.
  • DFID’s bilateral expenditure rose to £3,958m in 2009/10 from £3,284m in 2008/09 (21%).  India (£295m), Ethiopia (£214m) and Bangladesh (£149m) received the largest amounts of DFID bilateral aid.
  • In 2009/10, DFID provided bilateral assistance to 90 countries, of which 41 countries received direct financial aid ( i.e. General Budget Support, Sector Budget Support or Other Financial Aid). The total DFID bilateral assistance to these countries was £2,223m; excluding humanitarian assistance this represents 91 per cent of DFID country specific bilateral aid.
  • DFID’s bilateral assistance excluding humanitarian assistance was £3,524m in 2009/10, up from £2,835m in 2008/09 (24%).  India (£295m), Ethiopia (£151m) and Bangladesh (£148m) were the largest recipients of bilateral aid excluding humanitarian assistance.
  • DFID’s bilateral humanitarian assistance in 2009/10 totalled £435m, representing a slight decrease of £15m (3%).  The largest recipients of bilateral humanitarian assistance were Ethiopia (£64m), Sudan (£59m) and Congo Dem Rep. (£41m).  In 2009/10 14 countries received only humanitarian assistance (the majority of which is the notional allocation of CERF).
  • DFID’s bilateral assistance to sub-Saharan Africa rose to £1,539m in 2009/10 from £1,463m in 2008/09 (5%).  In 2008/09, it is estimated that £899m of DFID’s core contributions to multilateral organisations was spent in sub-Saharan Africa. DFID also gives core funding to not-for-profit organisations which is spent in Africa e.g. through Oxfam or VSO etc.
  • Between 2008/09 and 2009/10, DFID bilateral assistance to Asia remained level at around £1,089m. Assistance to the Pacific decreased from £2.8m in 2008/09 to £2.1m in 2009/10 (23 per cent) and Europe from £34m to £21m (38%).
  • In 2009/10 £362m of bilateral assistance was channelled through UK Civil Society Organisations.  Major recipients included the British Red Cross (£40m), VSO (£34m) and Oxfam (£24m).
  • DFID’s total multilateral programme accounted for £2,436m in 2009/10 up from £2,277m in 2008/09 (7%).
  • The European Commission’s development programme received the largest amount of DFID multilateral assistance (£1,186m), followed by the World Bank (£560m) and the United Nations (£216m).
  • The sector receiving the highest share of DFID bilateral expenditure in 2009/10 was the economic sector with £865m.  This was followed by the government and civil society sector with £716m and the health sector with £683m.
Last updated: 07 Oct 2010