Publications & Documents

  • 3-August-2012


    Statistical output - What do we do with our data?

    DAC statistics are the definitive source of comparable data on aid and other resource flows to developing countries. They are a core component of quantitative and qualitative analyses produced by the DAC Secretariat.

  • 9-July-2012

    English, Excel, 593kb

    ODA reporting of in-donor refugee costs: members’ methodologies for calculating costs

    This note presents information on ODA reporting of in-donor refugee costs. It includes general background information on this item, overview of disparities in members’ methodologies for calculating in-donor refugee costs and summaries of members’ individual methodologies.

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  • 31-May-2012


    Technical Guide to terms and data in the Creditor Reporting System (CRS) Aid Activities database

    Presentation of the basic concepts of the Aid Activity database, advice on statistical methods and terminology, practical guidance for data search – the User’s Guide explains what data are available and what they can be used for.

  • 25-May-2012


    Technical Guide to the DAC Statistics database

    This User's Guide provides an introduction to DAC Statistics, a section on where to find the information you are looking for, a description of the datasets, and an example on how to run a query.

  • 4-April-2012


    Development: Aid to developing countries falls because of global recession

    Major donors’ aid to developing countries fell by nearly 3% in 2011, breaking a long trend of annual increases. Disregarding years of exceptional debt relief, this was the first drop since 1997.

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  • 6-March-2012

    English, , 702kb

    Financing water and sanitation in developing countries: the contribution of external aid

    This note is produced in the framework of the OECD Horizontal Programme on Water ( It presents data on external finance for water supply and sanitation in developing countries.

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  • 26-September-2011


  • 30-April-2011

    English, PDF, 12,273kb

    Measuring Aid: 50 years of DAC Statistics – 1961-2011

    This booklet celebrates 50 years of the OECD’s statistics on aid and other flows to developing countries. Compiled under the guidance of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), these statistics are the basis of practically all international comparisons of aid volume. They are relied on by governments, NGOs, the media, researchers and students as a key source of information on the volume and quality of aid.

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  • 6-April-2011


    Development aid reaches an historic high in 2010

    In 2010, net official development assistance (ODA) flows from members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD reached USD 128.7 billion, representing an increase of +6.5 % over 2009. This is the highest real ODA level ever, surpassing even the volume provided in 2005 which was boosted by exceptional debt relief. Net ODA as a share of gross national income (GNI) was 0.32%, equal to 2005, and higher than any other

  • 6-April-2011


    50 years of official development assistance

    From 1960 to the early 1990s, ODA flows from DAC member countries to developing countries rose steadily. By contrast, trends towards the long-standing commitment by donors to increase aid as a proportion of gross national income to 0.7% have quavered.

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