Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

DAC member profile: The Netherlands


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

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2014

DCR 2014 Netherlands

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

In 2013, the Netherlands provided USD 5.4 billion ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.67% of gross national income (GNI) and a fall of 6.2% in real terms from 2012. It is the 6th largest donor of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI. Although ODA dropped below the 0.7% commitment in 2013 for the first time since 1975 due to overall budget cuts necessary to put public finances in order, the Netherlands remains committed to the 0.7% target. The Netherlands’ share of untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 98% in 2012, compared with the DAC average of 81%. The grant element of total ODA was 100% in 2012.

Peer review findings

Latest evaluation report

The Netherlands’ generous aid programme should be sustained, says OECD. For each of the past 35 years, the Netherlands has surpassed the UN target of spending at least 0.7% of its national income on Official Development Assistance (ODA).  In 2010, its ODA was USD 6.35 billion – making the Netherlands the 6th largest donor in the world. However, national belt-tightening will extend to ODA and the Netherlands will reduce aid over the coming years, from 0.81% of national income in 2010 to 0.7% by 2012.

The Netherlands and the European Development Fund - Principles and Pracitces: Evaluation of Dutch involvement in EU Development Cooperation (1998-2012).This evaluation presents the findings of the policy evaluation of the Dutch involvement in European Development Cooperation with a focus on the European Development Fund and the Cotonou Agreement. Some of its main conclusions  show that there is a growing convergence between EU aid policies and the key principles of Dutch aid and that the Dutch view on complementarity and added value of EU aid has changed quite frequently.

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