Development Co-operation Directorate

DAC member profile : Belgium


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

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2016

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See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2016.

In 2015,  Belgium delivered USD 1.9 billion in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.42% of gross national income (GNI) and a fall of 7.8% in real terms from 2014. Belgium is the 10th largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) provider in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI, and the 15th in terms of volume. The outlook for growth in Belgium’s ODA is negative. The government’s commitment to reach the target of 0.7% ODA/GNI is included in law; however, the 2015 budg et announced s ignificant cuts up until 2 019. Belgium’s share of untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 96.7% in 2014 (down from 98.1% in 2013). The 2014 DAC average was 80.6%. The grant element of total ODA was 99.9% in 2014.

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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