In 2013, Belgium delivered USD 2.3 billion ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.45% of gross national income (GNI) and a fall of 6.1% in real terms from 2012. It is the 9th largest donor of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI; however, the aid volume and its share of GNI have been decreasing yearly from a peak in 2010. Belgium’s share of untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 96% in 2012, compared to the DAC average of 81%. The grant element of total ODA was 99.7% in 2012.
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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.