Development finance statistics

Private philanthropy for development


Private philanthropy is reshaping the development landscape like never before. This is particularly relevant in the context of the 2030 Agenda which emphasises private philanthropy’s role in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as pointed out by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development. In order to better understand philanthropy’s contributions to development, the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate and the OECD Network of Foundations Working for Development (NetFWD) have been working to update and expand the 2003 OECD report on Philanthropic Foundations and Development Co-operation

A major cornerstone of this work has been the large-scale 2016 OECD-DCD Survey on Global Private Philanthropy for Development, carried out with the objective to collect activity-level data and detailed information from major philanthropic foundations active in development co-operation all over the world.




four-pager, data results as of 3 October 2017


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) reports its grants and programme-related investments (PRIs) under its Global Health, Global Development and Global Policy & Advocacy programs on a regular basis to the DAC. In 2015, the BMGF was among the top 10 donors in the health and population sectors (see below).


Top 10 donors in the health and population/reproductive health sectors in 2015, USD billion 

Top ten donors in health sector

* World Bank Group: IBRD, IDA, IFC

Source: DAC Statistics, commitments.


Useful links


DCR 2014 cover Foundations as development partners,
Development Co-operation Report 2014
Global Network of Foundations Working for Development Global Network of Foundations        
Working for Development