Development Co-operation Directorate

DAC member profile: Portugal


Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1961 (withdrew in 1974 and re-joined in 1991).

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2016

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See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2016.

In 2015,  Portugal provided USD 306 million in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.16% of gross national income (GNI) and a fall of 16.1% in real terms from 2014 due to a decrease in its lending. Portugal’s ODA has fallen since 2011, both in volume and as a percentage of GNI. The country’s capacity to meet its ODA targets has been compromised by its severe economic recession and the subsequent Economic Adjustment Programme. Portugal intends to meet its ODA target when its economy begins to recover (OECD, 2015) and is committed, at European level, to collectively achieve a 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio by 2030. Portugal is the 21st largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) provider in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI, and the 23rd by volume. Portugal’s share of untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 34.5% in 2014 (up from 30% in 2013), compared to the DAC average of 80.6%. The grant element of total ODA was 89.7% in 2014 (increasing from 87.7% in 2013).

Peer review findings: 2016

Latest evaluation reports

The latest DAC Peer Review of Portugal notes that Portugal’s official development assistance (ODA) has dropped for three consecutive years to stand at USD 419 million in 2014, according to preliminary data. That equates to 0.19% of its gross national income (GNI), below an average of 0.3% for OECD Development Assistance Committee members and far off a UN and EU donors’ target of 0.7%.

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

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