European Union

DAC member profile: European Union


Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1961.

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2016

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In 2015, the EU institutions provided USD 13.8 billion in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented a 0.5% fall in real terms from 2014. The EU institutions’ ODA budget is determined within the EU multi-year financial framework. ODA grew steadily between 2003 and 2012, when it peaked at USD 17.5 billion. This trend was, however, reversed in 2013. The EU institutions’ share of untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 65.6% in 2014 (down from 67% in 2013).

Peer review findings: 2012

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‌The European Union is a major player in global development, co-ordinating coherent actions amongst its 27 member states and providing direct support to developing countries. The DAC’s Review of the Development Co-operation Policies and Programmes of the European Union notes that, since the last review 5 years ago, the EU has taken steps to make its aid more effective and give it more impact.  These steps included organisational restructuring, streamlining the financial process, improving co-ordination, and working more with civil society.

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