This factsheet analyses the 2017 statistics on official development assistance (ODA) spending, based on figures released by the OECD DAC in December 2018.
Some of the key headlines are:
- Total net ODA fell in 2017 for the first time in five years.
- ODA as a percentage of gross national income also fell in 21 out of 29 DAC members.
- Although the proportion of ODA given as core multilateral funding has remained steady, the proportion of ODA transferred to specific countries continues to fall.
- Eight of the top ten recipients of ODA in 2016 are also top 10 recipients in 2017.
- Growth in the use of loans continues to outpace grants, even in countries considered to be at risk of or in debt distress.
- Following minimal growth in recent years, ODA to countries at risk of being left behind grew 12% in 2017, while ODA to less-developed countries and fragile states grew by 11% and 9% respectively.