According to HM Treasury and the Department for International Development report (2015) ‘UK aid: tackling global challenges in the national interest’, the UK government has committed itself to addressing 4 priority issues for its spending of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) to which cultural heritage can contribute.
The full report can be downloaded as a pdf here: ODA_strategy_final_web_0905
According to the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport, these 4 priority issues are:
Strengthening global peace, security and governance: the government will invest more to tackle the causes of instability, insecurity and conflict, and to tackle crime and corruption. This is fundamental to poverty reduction overseas, and will also strengthen our own national security at home.
Strengthening resilience and response to crises: this includes more support for ongoing crises including that in Syria and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, more science and technology spend on global public health risks such as antimicrobial resistance, and support for efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Promoting global prosperity: the government will use Official Development Assistance (ODA) to promote economic development and prosperity in the developing world. This will contribute to the reduction of poverty and also strengthen UK trade and investment opportunities around the world.
Tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable: the government will strive to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030, and support the world’s poorest people to ensure that every person has access to basic needs, including prioritising the rights of girls and women. This will build security, stability and opportunity that will benefit us all.
Cultural heritage can also contribute to a number of ODA objectives outlined in recent UK Government documents, including, for example, the Building Stability Overseas Strategy (July 2011) and The National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review (November 2015).