ODI questions UK push to change OECD's ODA definition
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a UK think tank, has questioned the government’s pledge to amend the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) definition of Official Development Assistance (ODA). ODI claim any change to the definition should be to better reflect the purpose of ODA: that is, the eradication of poverty, not so that countries can appear to spend more on development without increasing commitments.
During the general election campaign in June 2017, the conservative UK government announced their intention to challenge the current definition of ODA. This came in response to public pressure after the UK enshrined its 0.7% of GNI ODA target into law.