Development Co-operation Directorate

DAC member profile: The Netherlands


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, the Netherlands provided USD 5.8 billion in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.76% of gross national income (GNI) and an increase of 24.4% in real terms from 2014, due mostly to a rise in in-donor refugee costs. The Netherlands is committed, at European level, to collectively achieve a 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio by 2030. The Netherlands is the fifth largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) provider in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI, the seventh largest by volume, and one of only six DAC members to have met the UN target of 0.7%. The  Netherlands’ share of untied O DA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 98.4% in 2014 (up from 96.7% in 2013), above the DAC average of 80.6%. The grant element of total ODA was 100% in 2014.

Peer review findings: 2011

Latest evaluation reports

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.

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