Official Development Assistance

The Millennium Development Goal Target 8.B calls for more generous ODA for countries committed to poverty reduction. While the context of this specific commitment is enhancing support for the least developed countries (LDCs), subsequent commitments on aid quantity have been geographically broader in coverage. At numerous international Summits and conferences, donors have repeatedly pledged to make concrete efforts towards the target of 0.7 per cent of donor gross national income (GNI) as aid.The international community has also formalized actions that should be taken to improve the quality and effectiveness of aid. 

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The MDG Gap Task Force identifies implementation gaps in the commitments made under MDG 8 and provides recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address these gaps. According to the forthcoming MDG Gap Task Force Report 2013, the main gaps in meeting ODA commitments are:

Commitment 

$314.6  billion

 (in current dollars)

to meet the longstanding target of 0.70% of gross national income (GNI) dedicated to ODA, as agreed by countries at the UN in 1970.

Delivery (2013)

$134.8 billion 

(in current dollars)

in total ODA from OECD DAC countries, equivalent to 0.30% of developed-country combined national income.

Gap (2013)

$179.8 billion

(in current dollars)

or 0.40% of developed country GNI.

Recommendations

Donor Governments must accelerate their efforts to achieve the United Nations target of disbursing 0.7 per cent of their GNI in ODA by 2015

Donor Governments must increase the share of ODA to priority groups of countries

Non-DAC countries and other development actors are urged to continue to provide and scale up their development cooperation

Member States are encouraged to build on the discussions at the Fourth High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum to develop a more inclusive, accountable and effective development cooperation

 

The MDG Gap Task Force identifies implementation gaps in the commitments made under MDG 8 and provides recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address these gaps. According to the forthcoming MDG Gap Task Force Report 2013, the main gaps in meeting ODA commitments are:

Commitment 

$67.6 - $90.1 billion (in 2012 $US)

in annual ODA to LDCs by 2015, based on the endorsement in the Istanbul Programme of Action for the LDCs for the Decade 2011-2020 of providing ODA between 0.15% and 0.20% of donor countries’ gross national income (GNI) by 2015.

Delivery (2012)

$40.5 billion

in total ODA to LDCs by DAC countries, equivalent to 0.09% of DAC donors GNI.

Gap (2012)

$27.0 - $49.5 billion 

or between 0.06% and 0.11% of DAC donors GNI.

Recommendation

Aid flows to LDCs should be increased and given priority to reach United Nations targets.

 

The MDG Gap Task Force identifies implementation gaps in the commitments made under MDG 8 and provides recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address these gaps. According to the forthcoming MDG Gap Task Force Report 2012, the main gaps in meeting ODA commitments are:

Commitment 

$148.4 billion, of which $64.8 billion to Africa (in 2010 constant $)                 

in annual ODA, to meet the 2005 Gleneagles commitment of about $50 billion (in 2004 dollars) increase by DAC donors, of which a $25 billion (in 2004 dollars) should go to Africa.

Delivery (2010)

$127.3 billion, of which $46.6 billion to Africa

in ODA by DAC donors (excluding Republic of Korea). 

Gap (2010)

$21.1 billion, of which $18.2 billion to Africa  

in additional ODA was required for the Gleneagles pledge for annual ODA to have been met in 2010 (equivalent to $18 and $15.2 billion in 2004 dollars).

Recommendation

Eliminate the delivery gap towards Gleneagles targets, including to Africa, along with delivery on all aid commitments.