This report – UKAN’s first annual report – looks at UK aid through the lens of its primary and fundamental purpose – to target and eliminate poverty.
The first chapter looks at emerging political and policy changes in the UK, focusing particularly on the changes presaged in the 2015 aid strategy.
The second chapter looks at UK aid and its targets – including, amongst others, the overall amount of aid, targeting the poorest countries and climate finance – revealing if and how the UK is meeting its international commitments.
Chapter 3 provides an overview of what the UK spends its aid budget on with a more in-depth analysis of some priority sectors, including, for example, health and economic development, as well other political or key trends such as the growth in the spending of UK aid inside the UK – on refugee costs, for example.
The fourth chapter examines the “who” and the “how” of UK aid – who is delivering it, what modalities are being used and what has changed in the last few years.
The final chapter looks more broadly at the quality of UK aid, specifically through the lens of the development effectiveness agenda; it draws on assessments from the development effectiveness monitoring process, but also looks beyond those sources to draw a more complete and accurate picture of the effectiveness of UK development.