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DAC List of ODA Recipients


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The DAC List of ODA Recipients shows all countries and territories eligible to receive official development assistance (ODA). These consist of all low and middle income countries based on gross national income (GNI) per capita as published by the World Bank, with the exception of G8 members, EU members, and countries with a firm date for entry into the EU. The list also includes all of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as defined by the United Nations (UN).

Updates to the list

The DAC revises the list every three years. Countries that have exceeded the high-income threshold for three consecutive years at the time of the review are removed.*

The DAC List presents countries and territories in groups. The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as defined by the United Nations are in the first column; the other columns show all other ODA recipients according to their Gross National Income (GNI) per capita as reported by the World Bank at the time of the triennial review.

* During the 2020 triennial review of the List the DAC agreed to an exceptional one-year delay to updating the List of countries that are eligible to receive ODA. The only update to the List for reporting on aid in 2021 is the move, within the List Vanuatu to the lower-middle income (LMIC) grouping to reflect its graduation from the UN List of LDCs. The following changes and timelines were agreed:

  • 1 January 2021: Vanuatu moves from LDC to LMIC grouping on the List. No other changes to any of the classifications.
  • 1 January 2022: Antigua and Barbuda, Palau and Panama will graduate from the DAC List of ODA Recipients. Countries remaining on the List will be classified according to the World Bank’s 2020 income classifications (which will be published in July 2021), with LDCs listed separately.

The next review of the DAC List will take place in 2023.

The current list of Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPCs) is available on the IMF site.

ODA Eligibility

Membership of the OECD or the DAC does not affect eligibility to receive ODA. Several OECD members have been on the DAC List for many years and continue to receive ODA. Currently no DAC members are on the list, but the DAC has made clear that leaving the list is not a requirement for DAC membership. Likewise the provision of statistics to the DAC Secretariat has no bearing on a country's eligibility to receive ODA. Today there are a number of countries that are both significant providers and recipients of ODA - e.g. Turkey and Thailand, both of which report their flows to the DAC.