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.
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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.