Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

DAC member profile : Belgium


Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1961.

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2015

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See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2015.

In 2014, Belgium delivered USD 2.4 billion in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.45% of gross national income (GNI) and an increase of 3.3% in real terms from 2013. This represents a slight reversal of the downward trend in ODA, which decreased both in terms of volume and as a percentage of GNI from a peak of 0.64% in 2010. Belgium is the 9th largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donor in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI and the 14th donor in terms of volume. The outlook for growth in Belgium’s ODA is negative. The government is committed to the target of 0.7% ODA/GNI, which is enshrined in law; however, the 2015 budget announced significant cuts until 2019. The grant element of total ODA was 99.8% in 2013.

Peer review findings: 2015

Latest evaluation reports

Belgium is making a laudable push to direct more development aid to the poorest countries, but to deliver on this it needs to set firm deadlines, make its aid programme more flexible, and should reverse a decline in overall aid.

 The latest DAC Peer Review of Belgium notes that the country sent 35% of its official aid to least-developed countries in 2013 – above the donor average – and has promised to raise that to 50%, with a focus on North, West and Central Africa. Achieving this will be difficult without changes to the way Belgian aid is budgeted, programmed and delivered. Lighter procedures, increased budget flexibility and more delegation of responsibility to developing country partners would help Belgium make good on its goals.

Access Belgium's latest evaluation reports on the DAC Evaluation Resource Centre (DEReC).

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