1.The world has changed a great deal since the Committee launched its inquiry into the Effectiveness of UK Aid in March 2020. At that time, we had planned that this inquiry would keep pace with the Government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, providing the Review with our consideration of how UK aid can be as effective as possible and what the future of UK aid spending should look like.
2.Since then, the world has been gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting developed and developing countries alike. Like other policy areas, the pandemic will shape the future of international development policy for years to come.
3.Against a background in which the UK Government’s Integrated Review has paused, we are using the opportunity to publish an interim report setting out our provisional conclusions and recommendations on the effectiveness of UK aid and the future of UK aid spending. We will continue to digest and take account of written submissions before publishing our final report later this year. We would like to thank everyone who has provided oral and written evidence to the inquiry to date.
4.In its broadest sense, overseas aid is assistance given or loaned by governments and other agencies to help people in poorer countries, or to respond to a disaster. Assistance can be in the form of money, food, materials and manpower.
5.UK aid is spent on a broad range of interventions in a wide range of countries. Examples of UK aid spending include:
Published: 9 June 2020