Key aid totals
In 2015, the final and detailed figures for official development assistance (ODA) by member countries of the Development Assistance Committee were USD 131.4 billion, marking an increase of 6.6% in real terms over 2014. Net ODA as a share of gross national income (GNI) was at 0.30%.
Most of the increase in 2015 was due to higher expenditures for in-donor refugee costs as a result of the surge of asylum seekers. In donor-refugee costs were USD 12.1 billion, representing 9.2% of total ODA. However, if these cost are excluded, net ODA still continued to grow by 1.3% in real terms.
Net ODA in 2015 has been increasing steadily over the last 15 years and rose by 82% in real terms since 2000.
DAC member performance
The largest donor countries by volume were the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and France. Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom met or exceeded the United Nations’ ODA target of 0.7% of GNI.
G7 countries provided 72% of total net DAC ODA in 2015, and the DAC-EU countries 56%.
Net ODA disbursements by EU Institutions were USD 13.7 billion.
Net ODA allocations from all donors
The largest recipient of total net ODA in 2015 from all providers was the Syrian Arab Republic, which received USD 4.9 billion. Afghanistan was next with USD 4.3 billion, followed by Pakistan (USD 3.8 billion), Ethiopia and India (which received USD 3.2 billion each).
Total net ODA to the group of least developed countries was USD 43.0 billion, thus marking a rebound of nearly 8% in real terms over 2014.
ODA to sub-Saharan Africa was USD 42.8 billion, representing an increase of 6.3% in real terms from 2014.