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North Falls Short of Development Aid Promises

New DAC report gives serious warnings

According to the new Development Co-operation Report of OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), aid donors will have to increase funding for aid programmes faster that any other public expenditure in order to fulfil their commitments to increase aid to $130bn and double aid to Africa by 2010. Aid funding, recently rising by 5% per year, would have to rise by 11% every year from 2008 to 2010 if promises should be met. WDEV gives a summary of the report with the latest aid figures at a glance.

As the report warns, total official development assistance (ODA) from DAC member countries rose by 32% in 2005 to US$106.8bn - a record high. This represents 0.33% of members’ combined gross national income in 2005, up from 0.26% in 2004, and the highest ratio since 1992. But the lion’s share of the increase came from debt relief grants (particularly to Iraq and Nigeria), which more than tripled, and from humanitarian aid, which rose by 15.8% ...

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Posted: 25 Feb 2007

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