Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1961.
In 2012, Belgium’s net ODA amounted to USD 2.30 billion. After sustained increases – of 15% annually on average – between 2008 and 2010, Belgium’s net ODA decreased in 2011 and continued to fall – by 13% in real terms – in 2012.
While Belgium reached an ODA/GNI ratio of 0.64% in 2010, surpassing the EU intermediate target of 0.51% for that year, the ratio fell to 0.54% in 2011 and decreased further to 0.47% in 2012. Belgium has enacted legislation that commits it to reach an ODA/GNI ratio of 0.7% by 2015.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2013 (DCR)
The DAC commends Belgium’s commitment to improve the quality and volume of its aid, particularly at a time of global economic crisis. Belgium spent USD 2.6 billion on official development assistance (ODA) in 2009, which amounted to 0.55% of its gross national income (GNI). It is likely to meet its commitment to increase this ratio to 0.7% by 2010, which would allow Belgium to join the five donors who have already reached this goal.
The evaluation of conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo, done jointly with other donors, found that one of the main difficulties was the distance that separates donors from local realities. The peacebuilding projects follow one another, but there are very weak links between them.