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January, 2012 Issue Prepared by the UNECE Statistical Division, the UNECE Facts and Figures articles are based on data from the UNECE Statistical Database. For more information contact email@example.com.
DONOR COUNTRIES STRUGGLE TO REACH TARGET LEVELS OF DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
Although net official development assistance (ODA) reached a historic high of 128.7 billion dollars in 2010 , many donor countries are still way below the target level of 0.7 percent of gross national income (GNI).
The contribution of five out of nineteen observed donor countries exceeds 0.8 percent (Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden), with three of them maintaining upward trends even amidst the financial crisis.
The majority of the remaining donors contribute less than 0.6 percent of GNI, with only four of them keeping steady increases since 2008. For several others, net ODA amounts to less than 0.4 percent of GNI and has remained stable or even declined in recent years.
Development assistance plays a major role in global efforts to curb the hardship confronted by the most vulnerable and foster development trends among the disadvantaged populations in the world. For this reason, it is monitored under Millennium Development Goal 8, ôDevelop a global partnership for developmentö.
In 2005, donor countries reiterated their commitment to the 0.7 percent target . The current budgetary strain on most of donor countries may challenge the upholding of current levels and preserving of the progress made so far.
1/ Development aid reaches an historic high in 2010, OECD. 2/ The 0.7% ODA/GNI target - a history, OECD.
Source: UNECE Statistical Database, OECD.