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Tables and Charts on International Aid


International Aid

Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) by Donor 2008: Total and As Percentage of GNI

These tables and charts illustrate the combined Total Net ODA from both DAC Members and non-DAC Donors and ODA as a percentage of the Gross National Incomes of these countries.

Top 20 Recipients of Official Development Assistance (ODA): 2002

This page contains information on countries that received the most official development assistance in US dollars. Despite rich states' promises of increased aid to the poorest people in the world, only four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa were among the top 20 recipients in 2002.

Official Development Assistance by Donor Country: 2002-2005

In 1970, the richest countries in the world agreed to provide 0.7 percent of their gross national income for development assistance. So far, only five of them have met this target. This page contains data on the amount of development assistance by donor country, both in absolute terms and in proportion to each country's gross national income.

Military Spending vs. Official Development Aid as a Percentage of Gross Domestic Product: 2003

As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals draws nearer, rich countries are reconfirming their commitment to contributing 0.7% of their gross national income in Official Development Aid (ODA). This percentage, pledged in 1970, remains a distant goal for most wealthy nations, while their military budgets easily consume twice that amount. This table and chart compare military spending and international aid in 21 wealthy nations.

Total Net Resource Flows to Developing Countries by Type of Flow: 1996-2003

This page provides data on the structure of financial flows to poor countries. In the past, most resource flows came from governments, but in the early 1990s private investment surpassed official development finance for the first time. While increased foreign investment has helped some people out of poverty, it is unevenly distributed across countries and regions and susceptible to economic instability. (See also table and graph for 1988-1996)

Net Official Development Assistance (ODA): 1956-2005

This page provides historical statistics on the net amount of international development aid, measured in US dollars and as a percentage of donor countries' gross national incomes (GNI). Despite recent increases, the amount of development assistance in proportion to the GNI has decreased almost continuously since the 1950s.

Tying Status of Official Development Assistance (ODA) by Individual Donor Countries: 2003

Many countries "tie" their development aid to purchases of goods and services from the donor country. While the practice benefits companies in contributing countries, it makes aid inefficient by preventing recipients from spending the funds domestically or buying equivalent products from somewhere else at a cheaper price. This page includes data on the proportions of tied and untied aid by major donor countries.

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