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Official development assistance helps to save lives, build more stable and safer societies, and project soft power around the world.Highlighting the impact of British ODA was just part of the answer; Bill also emphasized the many other countries that are also meeting their aid commitments.Beyond Europe, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar are also among the world's largest significant ODA donors – a reality of which not many people are aware. They are all donors to the Lives & Livelihoods Fund, the Middle East's biggest multilateral development initiative. The fund's other donors are the Islamic Development Bank, the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.By combining resources and sharing expertise, organizations like the Gates Foundation and donor governments, from the U.K. to the UAE, can achieve far more than would be possible alone.
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