Germany: Development assistance still below target
Germany has been one of the world’s largest bilateral donors for the past two decades, but it spent only 0.35% of its national income on official development assistance (ODA) in 2009. This is well short of its promise to raise the proportion to 0.51% by 2010 and to 0.7% by 2015. However, Germany intends to keep its promise of increasing ODA to 0.7% of GNI by 2015.
Germany’s global importance as a donor is well recognised and the review encourages it to go further in providing strong international leadership on development issues in the future. The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) commends Germany’s leadership on issues related to climate change and development, noting that the government has integrated the issue into its development co-operation programmes and increased climate-related ODA by 40% in the past few years.