Published on OECD, November 10, 2011.
For each of the past 35 years, the Netherlands has surpassed the UN target of spending at least 0.7% of its national income on Official Development Assistance (ODA). In 2010, its ODA was USD 6.35 billion – making the Netherlands the 6th largest donor in the world. However, national belt-tightening will extend to ODA and the Netherlands will reduce aid over the coming years, from 0.81% of national income in 2010 to 0.7% by 2012.
Responding to global economic, social and political shifts, the Netherlands is revising its approach to development co-operation, supporting the economic self-reliance of developing countries. It is focussing on 4 priorities: security and the rule of law, water, food security, and sexual and reproductive health. It is also reducing the number of countries with which it works – from 33 to 15 … //
… Other recommendations in the report include:
- Ensure that ODA does not fall below 0.7% of national income;
- To encourage ‘development beyond aid’, ensure that all Dutch and EU policies support – or at least do not undermine – development policies;
- To make aid delivery more efficient, involve Dutch embassies, staff working in the field and, where appropriate, civil society in the planning and management of this;
- Strengthen knowledge management and staffing through information sharing and improve support for locally recruited staff.
For further information, journalists are invited to contact: Michael Ward in the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, write here, or by phone: + 33 (0) 1 45 24 76 47.
To obtain a copy of OECD’s Review of the Development Co-operation Policies and Programmes of the Netherlands: The Netherlands (2011), DAC Peer Review: Main Findings and Recommendations.
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