The changes could see the money going into counter-terror units in nations like Iraq and Afghanistan, helping Britain to tackle national security threats around the world.
Ministers are preparing to lobby the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to change the rules governing how taxpayer’s money is spent on global projects.
An insider told the Sun: “We’re working with the Germans, the Dutch, the Nordic countries, there are a lot of like-minded countries who want change.
“We’re working on a submission to the OECD. We want change.”
Other proposed changes include better disaster relief
Other proposed changes include better disaster relief – including allowing troops to deliver aid to war-torn nations and stockpile aid in countries before natural disasters occur.
Under current rules a ship prepared with relief for disaster-stricken people is not allowed to be counted as part of the aid budget.
It comes as International Development Secretary Priti Patel calls for a “more muscular” approach to foreign aid as she wages war on “nice-to-do vanity projects” that use up taxpayer’s cash.
Speaking out against rules that stop relief-laden ships waiting to act in preparation for a disaster, she said: “It makes my blood boil.
Ministers are preparing to lobby the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development UK Foreign Aid: Where did it all go? Mon, January 16, 2017
Public mood changes following scandals over how the money is allocated. This is where the UK Foreign Aid was being spent in 2015.
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“Everyone in development knows that if you prepare you get a better outcome.
“We have to use our development much more strategically to tackle the big global challenges we face.
“Taxpayers need to know I’m taking back control of spending decisions.’
Fury erupted in April after official figures revealed that the amount of taxpayers' cash given away in foreign aid soared by more than £1.2billion last year.
Priti Patel is calling for an end to 'nice-to-do vanity projects' that use up taxpayer’s cash
A provisional total slipped out by the Department for International Development showed just over £13.3billion was handed out in overseas assistance during 2016.
The eye-watering figure represented a massive 10 per cent increase on the previous annual total of £12.1billion.
Aid spending rose in line with the Government's widely-criticised target of spending 0.7 per cent of the country's national income on aid every year, according to the document.
At the time Tory MP Philip Davies said: "People are getting really angry about this.
"They cannot see why sending money abroad is taking precedence over helping elderly, vulnerable and disabled people in the UK.
"The Government is massively out of step with the public on this. It needs to abandon this ridiculous policy."