DAC Chair calls on donors to deliver on their Gleneagles commitments


06/12/2006 - Final data on aid flows in 2005 reveal that underlying aid flows to the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa have stalled. Official development assistance from members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, which groups the world’s major donors, reached USD 106.8 billion in 2005, a record high.  But USD 22.7 billion of this was for debt relief, mostly for Iraq and Nigeria.  Official humanitarian aid also rose (to USD 8.7 billion) in response to the tsunami.

As outlined in the detailed briefing attached, removing these exceptional items reveals that the trend in development programmes to other countries is essentially flat.  Excluding Nigeria, aid to sub-Saharan Africa actually fell by 2.1% in real terms to USD 24.9 billion in 2005.  Debt relief and humanitarian aid account for all the increase to the region since 2002.

DAC Chair Richard Manning warned that : “In 2005, the Gleneagles and Millennium+5 Summits extended earlier promises to scale up aid flows and to devote half the increases to Africa resulting in a doubling of aid to the continent from 2004 to 2010.  Donors will need to undertake major expansions of their core development programmes to Africa if they are to meet this target”.

For further information, journalists are invited to contact Helen Fisher, OECD Media Division (tel + 331 45 24 80 97).


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