Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1961.
In 2012, the Netherlands’s net ODA stood at USD 5.5 billion, a 6.6% decrease in real terms from 2011 due to overall budget cuts. This is the second successive year of cuts to the Netherlands’ ODA budget; ODA also decreased by 6.4% between 2010 and 2011.
The Netherlands is one of only five DAC members to have exceeded the UN target of spending 0.7% of national income on development co-operation and has exceeded this target every year since 1975. The Netherlands’ ODA/GNI in 2012 was 0.71%, a slight decrease from 0.75% in 2011.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2013 (DCR)
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.
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.