Official Development Assistance: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Please tell me how much has been spent on international aid by the Scottish Government for each of the past five complete financial years, and the financial year from April 2023 so far.

Please provide the total sum so far for the years mentioned above.

Please provide details of each individual project which has received money including details of their purpose and how much was received in each case.


Enclosed and attached comprise all of the information you requested. Annex A, attached separately, contains detail of all Scottish Government international development projects since April 2018, their purpose and expenditure in each calendar year.

Scottish Government report their Official Development Assistance (ODA) annually to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and it is then included by the UK Government within its overall ODA return to the OECD and is counted by the UK towards its current commitment to spend 0.5% of GNI on ODA. FCDO are responsible for publishing ODA statistics for the for the whole United Kingdom, including Scottish Government. These statistics are badged as National Statistics, in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. In advance of publication FCDO go through a rigorous quality assurance process. The data presented in this response for years 2018 to 2022 are therefore National Statistics as they have been published by FCDO. However, data for 2023 and 2024 should be considered management information as FCDO have not yet completed their quality assurance process. FCDO will publish Provisional ODA statistics for 2023 in April 2024 and Final ODA statistics later in 2024.

Since 2018 Scottish Government has reported its ODA on a calendar year basis, in line with international best practice. The data below are therefore provided on a calendar year basis and not financial year basis. Table 1 shows Scottish Government ODA since April 2018, including January to 4 March 2024, the date on which your request was received.

Table: Scottish Government Official Development Assistance (ODA), 01 April 2018 to 04 March 2024, £millions

Year Scottish Government ODA, £millions
Apr - Dec 2018 11.1
Jan - Dec 2019 14.3
Jan - Dec 2020 12.1
Jan - Dec 2021 26.2
Jan - Dec 2022 18.7
Jan - Dec 2023 16.2
01 Jan 2024 - 04 March 2024 3.2

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