DAC member profile: Germany


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

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2016

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

In 2015, Germany provided USD 17.8 billion in net ODA (preliminary data). This represented 0.52 % of gross national income (GNI) and a 25.9% increase in real terms from 2014, due mostly to an increase in-donor refugee costs. Germany is the ninth largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) provider in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI, and the third largest in terms of volume. Germany’s ODA reached a record high in 2015 and is set to continue to rise up to 2019. Like other EU member countries, it is committed to meeting the 0.7% ODA/GNI target by 2030.

Germany’s share of untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 83.6% in 2014 (up from 80.1% in 2013), compared to the DAC average of 80.6%. The grant element of total ODA was 83.6% in 2014 (decreasing from 86.9% in 2013 and 88.4% in 2012), below the DAC compliance grant element norm of 86%.

Peer review findings: 2015

Latest evaluation reports

Germany’s foreign aid is at a record high and rising, making Germany the 3rd largest DAC donor in terms of volume in 2014. However, more effort will be needed to reach the internationally agreed donors’ ODA to GNI target of 0.7% and fulfil Germany’s own goal to send more aid to the neediest countries. Meanwhile Germany is at the forefront of using ODA to leverage private sector investment for sustainable development and stands out for its commitment and innovative approaches to financing climate change action.

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

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