Reaction to latest UK aid statistics

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Reacting to the latest Statistics on International Development, published today, Oxfam’s Head of Advocacy, Toni Pearce, said:

“Funding for the very poorest countries now makes up over half of British aid, a positive move which should be applauded.

“With increasing levels of aid spent outside of DFID – the department with the strongest track record in fighting poverty –  we would like to see the UK Government do more to ensure other departments are as transparent and poverty focussed when spending British aid. It is important that aid which is invested in middle income countries clearly benefits people living in extreme poverty.

“To make every penny count, the Government should ensure aid always goes where it’s most needed, and to the people who need it most.”


For more information, please contact Meg Pruce, Oxfam GB Press Officer, on +44 7824 824359 /

Notes to editors

The Statistics on International Development: Final UK Aid Spend 2017 can be found here.

The share of UK bilateral aid to the Least Developed Countries has increased from 49 percent to 53 percent.