Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

DAC member profile: Germany


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

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2014

DCR 2014 Germany

See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2014.

In 2013, Germany provided USD 14.1 billion ODA (preliminary data), a 3% increase in real terms from 2012 due to a rise in bilateral lending and higher contributions to international organisations. It is the third largest donor of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in terms of volume. Germany’s ODA/GNI ratio was 0.38% in 2013, up from 0.37% in 2012. The share of untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 79% in 2012, compared to the DAC average of 81%. The grant element of total ODA was 88.4% in 2012.

Peer review findings

Latest evaluation report

Germany: Development assistance still below target. Germany has been one of the world’s largest bilateral donors for the past two decades, but it spent only 0.35% of its national income on official development assistance (ODA) in 2009. This is well short of its promise to raise the proportion to 0.51% by 2010 and to 0.7% by 2015. However, Germany intends to keep its promise of increasing ODA to 0.7% of GNI by 2015.

The evaluation of crisis prevention and peacebuilding programmes show that the projects and programmes themselves cannot influence overall political conditions, nor are they able to change local, much less national, power structures. That also means programmes must be able to adjust to swiftly changing conditions in order to retain their relevance for development policy.

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