Part Two – The scandal of EU aid propaganda and £bns of YOUR money

Real “overseas aid”? The UK is No.2 donor in the world after the USA, not Germany

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We show how the EU and the OECD have distorted the truth and put down the UK

On Thursday in Brussels the EU Commission’s official statistics agency released the preliminary flash estimate of GDP across the EU27 in the first quarter of this year.

Part Two of a two-part Brexit Facts4EU.Org investigation and report
(Read Part 1 "the Magic EU Aid Factory" here.)

In Part One of our expose of the EU aid scandal we showed how the EU wrongly claimed to be “The world's leading donor of Official Development Assistance (ODA)”. According to the official figures from the OECD – the official body which monitors and manages such matters - the EU is FIFTH, not first, on the list of leading donors of aid.

This is not a marginal error on the part of the EU’s propaganda machine based in Brussels. It is a deliberate deception which has been going on for years.

The deception of the public is even worse

On Thursday we gave the OECD’s official numbers for top aid donors for 2019, which showed that the USA is No. 1, Germany is No.2, and the UK is No.3.

If, however, a more common definition of overseas aid is used, the reality is different. For one thing, the United Kingdom jumps into second place. Here’s the real picture – if loans and monies spent internally in the donor’s own country are removed:-

  • USA is No.1
  • UK is No.2
  • Germany is No.3

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

How to make your country look more generous and rise up the international donor rankings

  1. Include vast amounts of loans, which increase the debt burden for poorer, developing countries
  2. Include money you spend on migrants in your own country
  • Many countries inflate their ‘generosity’ by including huge loans instead of grants to poor nations
  • To use Germany as an example, $4.1bn of its 2019 'aid' was in fact in the form of loans or other “non-grants”
  • The UK included only $0.07bn of non-grants in its ODA figures

Loans increase the debt burden of poor countries - Grants from the UK do not

They represent true overseas aid and this is what the UK currently gives
- unlike the EU and other countries -

Who includes the most loans instead of actual grants?

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What about countries which inflate their figures
with monies they spend on migrants in their own country?

  • Some donor countries also inflate their ‘generosity’ by including their spend in their own country on migrants
  • In 2019 Germany claimed $3.1bn of its 'aid' was spent in-house
  • The UK included only $0.6bn of in-country spend in its ODA figures


Below we show the reality of “overseas aid” if you strip out loans (not gifts of aid) to poor countries and if you also strip out monies which a donor country spends in-house on its migrants. In other words, we are showing a closer picture of what “overseas aid” really looks like.

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What do most people consider to be aid?

For most people, aid is money given to a poorer, developing country. Indeed the OECD’s definition is “government aid that promotes and specifically targets the economic development and welfare of developing countries”. In recent years ‘foreign aid’ or ‘overseas aid’ has been renamed as ‘Official Development Assistance’ (ODA).

Perhaps when most people think of foreign aid they think of something like this :-



For years the Brexit Facts4EU.Org team has been showing up the EU for its false claims of being the “world’s no.1 donor” of aid. We have also exposed the scandal of billions being claimed by certain countries as “aid” when in fact it is spent internally as a part of its welfare system.

We hope that readers found this latest two-part update useful. (Read Part 1 "the Magic EU Aid Factory" here.)

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Sat 02 May 2020

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