New figures released today show that aid dropped in 2006 for the first time since 1997.

Aid dropped 5.1 per cent from 106.8 billion in 2005 – a record high – to 103.9 billion in 2006.

The high levels in 2005 were due largely to debt relief operations in Iraq and Nigeria.

Excluding debt relief, other forms of aid fell by 1.8 per cent.


April 2007

ODA is expected to fall again in 2007 as debt relief tails off. Programme and project aid should then increase as donors fulfil more recent pledges.

Sixteen of the DAC’s 22 member countries met the 2006 targets for ODA that they set at the 2002 Monterrey Conference on Financing for Development.

Aid to sub-Saharan Africa, excluding debt relief, was static in 2006, leaving a challenge to meet the Gleneagles G8 summit commitment to double aid to Africa by 2010.

In the meantime, OECD DAC ministers and heads of aid agencies are meeting this week to determine internationally acceptable Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States. You can read a draft version of the Principles here.

Ministers will also look at how to fight corruption more effectively, and how to improve security sector reform in developing countries. A new OECD DAC Handbook on SSR, Supporting Security and Justice, has just been released. It was developed for and by members of the development community and their security and diplomatic colleagues, and therefore it incorporates knowledge of the political, governance and technical nature of security sector reform. The handbook is based on experience gathered from countries that have already done reforms, and on the international community's work in supporting conflict prevention and peace building over the past decade. It aims to close the gap between policy and practice and contains valuable tools to help make security sector reform more effective.

OECD DAC countries' ODA in 2006
USD 103.9 billion - down 5.1% since 2005 in real terms -
0.30% of combined GNI

OECD DAC Statistics including Aid at a Glance charts for DAC members, recipient countries, and by region.

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