Monitoring the UK’s interactions with developing countries

Development Monitor tells the full story about the UK’s relationship with developing countries.

Our aim is to collect and share the facts on every kind of interaction between developing countries and the UK.

Because only when the full facts are understood will we get reforms that give the poorest the best chance to prosper.

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The UK is committed to tackling global poverty, including spending 0.7% of gross national income on international development. But aid spending is only part of the story. The UK could achieve even more and get better value by dealing more effectively with the big issues that affect developing countries, such as trade policy, tax avoidance and corruption. Better information can create stronger incentives for policy makers to resolve these issues.


  • Development Monitor provides online dashboards which profile major financial flows, including trade, between the UK and each developing country.
  • We are working to add data on every kind of interaction – from investment positions to arms exports, natural resource payments and lobbying activities.
  • We advocate stronger reporting by Government and statistical agencies on the UK’s interactions with developing countries.


  • Accountability: Creating stronger incentives for policy makers to adopt coherent policies towards developing countries.
  • Transparency:  Supporting the UK’s stated aim to have the most transparent government in the world.
  • Value: Enabling greater focus on the most important financial flows.
  • Avoid harm: Reducing the risk of counter-productive outcomes.

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