In this issue of DACNews, we look at why donors will have to increase their aid faster than any other public expenditure to reach US$130 billion aid and double aid to Africa by 2010…

The latest annual OECD Development Co-operation Report (DCR) is just launched and reveals that aid funding, recently rising by 5% per year, would have to rise by 11% every year from 2008 to 2010 to reach agreed goals.


March 2007

A summary of the DCR takes you straight to the facts and figures.

The DCR reviews aid volumes, and which donors give the most (the US by volume, Sweden and Norway as a percentage of their GNI); which countries receive the most (Iraq got US$12.9 billion annually in 2004-05 and Nigeria US$3.2 billion, both boosted by exceptional debt relief). Plus it looks at major trends in aid allocation, and includes early findings from the first survey monitoring the implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

In 2005, global official development assistance (ODA) reached a record high of US$106.8 billion. Some 20% of that corresponds to debt relief for Iraq and Nigeria.

The OECD expects that aid will decline modestly in 2006 and 2007 as exceptional debt relief declines.

Michael Roeskau, outgoing Director of the OECD Secretariat which services the Development Assistance Committee, looks back at major events which have changed the way we do aid. From the tragic events of 9/11, to the promises made at Gleneagles in 2005 to increase aid, the reality of aid has changed dramatically in the last few years.

Richard Carey, formerly Deputy Director of the Secretariat, will take over as Director in March.

Find out more about the Third Roundtable on Managing for Development Results held in Hanoi (February), where developing and donor countries, private companies and NGOs called for ‘stronger action’ to improve results in poorer countries.

Also in this issue...

Peer Reviews

Coming up: first mini-review of a non-DAC donor, the Czech Republic, due out shortly.

Planned for 2007:

  • Denmark - 8 June
  • European Commission - 26 June
  • Canada - 10 October
  • Spain - 6 November
  • Finland - 4 December

What is a Peer Review?

News in Brief

OECD-DAC countries' ODA in 2005:
US$ 106.8 billion - up 32% since 2004 in real terms -
0.33% of combined GNI

OECD DAC Statistics including Aid at a Glance charts for DAC members, recipient countries, and by region.

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