UK government seeks to expand its definition of development assistance to include some defense spending
The UK Prime Minister’s office is reportedly considering redefining how the UK counts its development assistance contributions, to enable the inclusion of some defense spending.
According to the article, Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s Chief Special Adviser, proposes deviating from the international definition of official development assistance (ODA) set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A more expansive definition would make it easier for the UK to achieve its targets on development assistance and defense spending. As part of a commitment to NATO, the UK has committed to spending 2% of its gross domestic product on defense.