UK government calls for OECD to change official ODA definition
Following two severe hurricanes in the Caribbean, the UK government has argued for the definition of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to include post-natural disaster recovery spending. Currently, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development rules only count as ODA funding given to countries with a per capita Gross National Income (GNI) of less than US$12,745 (in 2013 prices). The UK has thus far contributed £57 million (US$87 million) for immediate relief to hurricane-affected countries. However, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands are officially ineligible to receive ODA, which means funding cannot come from the UK’s development assistance budget, nor be counted toward the 0.7% of GNI target.
The UK is taking the issue up with the OECD. Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development, has been vocal about what she perceives as outdated rules since taking up her post in 2016.