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Portugal - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation

 

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 US dollars 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 DAC recognizes that tripling ODA over the coming years will be particularly challenging in the current economic environment. But it expects Portugal to make better progress toward delivering on its promises.

Portugal has improved its aid programme significantly over the last five years. It has established a whole-of government approach to security and development challenges, and new legislation to ensure that domestic and international policies, such as trade and migration, do not undermine development in poor countries. This legislation puts Portugal ahead of many other donors in addressing coherency challenges, and now needs to be implemented vigorously. Portugal is a significant donor in six countries: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome & Principe and Timor Leste. This focus on fragile and least developed countries means that Portugal is involved in some of the most challenging and important issues in international development.

 

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Portugal’s migration related activities in Cape Verde

Portugal has established three projects on migration in Cape Verde. Two of these are conducted with official development assistance. All three are aligned to both Portuguese and Cape Verdean government priorities of promoting legal migration and preventing illegal migration. The projects also reflect the importance placed on migration issues by the EU-Cape Verde Special Partnership, which considers migration an important part of the security and stabilisation pillar.

The CAMPO project was established in 2008 as a bilateral project to provide information to potential migrants about legal working and studying opportunities in Portugal. In a second phase of the project it drew in multilateral support – Spain and the European Commission - in addition to Portugal’s. The plan is to expand the scope of CAMPO to not only promote legal outward migration, but also to facilitate diaspora investment in Cape Verde. As yet, involving the diaspora is a less well developed part of the project. (Box D.1, p.105)

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