The latest foreign aid report published by Qatar covers 2013 (Government of Qatar, 2014). Based on that report, the OECD estimates that Qatar’s development co-operation amounted to USD 1.3 billion in 2013, up from USD 544 million in 2012 and USD 734 million in 2011. More recent estimates by the OECD suggest that Qatar channelled USD 51 million through multilateral organisations in 2014, mainly through the United Nations (84%) and the Islamic Development Bank (websites of multilateral organisations).
Qatar views development co-operation as an integral part of its foreign policy. The Office of the Minister’s Assistant for International Cooperation Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for development co-operation and humanitarian assistance. Within the Ministry, the Department of International Development is the central unit in charge of policy design. The Qatar Development Fund (QDF) is a public organisation established through Law 19 of 2002 mandated to co-ordinate and implement foreign development assistance on behalf of the state of Qatar.
In 2013, the main recipients of Qatari development co-operation were Syria, Morocco, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Egypt and Yemen. The main sectors were humanitarian aid, construction, and multi-sectoral and budget support.
Qatar became a Participant in the DAC in 2016.