Though the economic crisis has forced Spain to cut public spending, its aid has almost doubled in the past 7 years. As the world’s 7th largest donor by volume, Spain plans to meet the international target of committing 0.7% of its gross national income to development aid. The government is committed to fighting poverty in developing countries and making aid more effective.
Greek official development assistance was USD 508 million, amounting to 0.17% of its national income, in 2010. By volume, this represents a 28% fall over the past 2 years, from USD 703 million in 2008 and USD 607 million in 2009.
The Netherlands is one of only five DAC members to have achieved the United Nations (UN) target of allocating 0.7% of its national income as official development assistance (ODA). Since 1975 it has surpassed this target every year.
The United States is the world’s largest development and humanitarian donor by far. Its recent renewed ambition of global leadership on development is supported by new strategic orientations and ways to deliver development co-operation
In August 2010, we asked donors to provide updates on their efforts to adjust their policies to keep aid commitments and help partner countries meet the MDGs. Their responses are presented here.
While New Zealand is a comparatively small donor, it boasts an internationally-recognised aid programme with specific understanding of the unique Pacific context.
Portugal will need to triple development assistance over the coming five years if it is to meet an EU target of giving 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) to aid by 2015.
Germany embarks on reform of its development co-operation and aims to improve the quality and increase the quantity of its aid.
The United Kingdom’s aid volume was USD 11.5 billion in 2009, representing 0.52% of its gross national income (GNI).
Belgium spent USD 2.6 billion on official development assistance (ODA) in 2009, which amounted to 0.55% of its gross national income (GNI).