DAC member profile: Japan


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,  Japan  provided  USD 9.3 billion  in net ODA (preliminary data). This represented 0.22 % of gross national income (GNI) and a 12.4% increase in real terms from 2014. Japan is the 18th largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) provider in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI, and the 4th largest in terms of volume. In 2014, the untied share of Japanese total bilateral ODA, excluding technical co-operation, was 90%, an increase of 1 percentage point from 2013. (Japan’s ODA includes a large technical co-operation programme, but Japan does not report its tying status. The share of total Japanese bilateral aid reported as untied was 78.1% in 2014.) With respect to the implementation of the DAC Recommendation on Untying ODA to the  LDCs and  HIPCs (OECD, 2008), Japan notified the DAC during the 2014 peer review that, in accordance with paragraph 21, it now reserves the right to use tied aid as part of its ODA to all non-LDC highly indebted poor countries (HIPCs). The grant element of total ODA was 87% in 2014, a fall from 89.1% in 2013.

Peer review findings: 2014

Latest evaluation reports

Japan has increased its spending on official development assistance (ODA) and is showing more global leadership, but needs to pay more attention to where it is spending the money and increase its focus on results and transparency. In a new Peer Review of Japan, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) commended Japan for increasingly exerting global leadership and influence in areas such as disaster risk reduction and universal health coverage.

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

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