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 2015

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See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2015.

In 2014, the Netherlands provided USD 5.6 billion in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.64% of gross national income (GNI) and an increase of 1.6% in real terms from 2013. This represents a slight reversal of the downward trend in ODA volume started in 2011. ODA dropped below the 0.7% ODA/GNI target in 2013 for the first time since 1975 due to budgetary cutbacks in order to improve public finances. However, the Netherlands remains committed to the 0.7% target. The Netherlands is the sixth largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donor in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI, and the seventh largest donor by volume. The grant element of total ODA was 100% in 2013.

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.

Access the Netherlands' latest evaluation reports on the DAC Evaluation Resource Centre (DEReC).

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