Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1961 (withdrew in 1974 and re-joined in 1991).
In 2011, Portugal’s net ODA reached USD 669 million. In comparison to 2010, this figure represents an increase in nominal terms of 3.1%, but a decrease in real terms of 3%. This reduction in net ODA is comparable to the average drop for all DAC members: 2.7% in real terms. Portugal’s ODA remained relatively stable in 2011; there were much greater variations in 2008 (+23%), 2009 (–15%) and 2010 (+32%) (all rates in real terms).
The ODA to GNI ratio remained stable at 0.29% in 2011, significantly below the EU intermediate target of 0.51% and also short of the 2011 target set by the Portuguese government (0.40%). As this ratio has stayed under 0.3% for several years, it is unlikely that Portugal will reach the ODA/GNI target of 0.7% in 2015.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2012 (DCR)
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. While Portugal remains committed to reaching the EU target, aid volume in constant USD actually fell by 16% in 2009 to USD 507 million, equivalent to 0.23% of GNI. Official development assistance (ODA) peaked at USD 620 million in 2008, equivalent to 0.27% of GNI.
The evaluation report "Portuguese co-operation in the statistical field" focuses on Portuguese Cooperation programs with the Portuguese-speaking African Countries. The core objective is to evaluate the contribution made by Portuguese Cooperation to boosting the capacities of the National Statistical Systems of the five countries studied.