Leaders and laggards? Overall aid and aid from most donors increased in 2013

by Ian Townsend

Proportional changes in DAC-28 ODA, 2012-2013 (in constant 2013 prices)

Proportional changes in DAC-28 ODA, 2012-2013 (in constant 2013 prices)

As the 28 Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors reversed two years of real terms reduction in aid, the highest percentage terms increases came from Japan, the UK and Iceland, while Portugal, Canada and France saw the largest proportional aid falls.

Overall, the DAC-28 increased by 5.5% in 2013, but performance varied among individual donors:

Japan saw the largest increase in Official Development Assistance (ODA, or aid) in US dollar terms, up 37% or US$3.2 billion. Relative price changes have contributed to this large increase.*

The UK saw the second largest percentage increase (28%) to US$17.9 billion. This US$3.9 billion increase was the largest absolute increase among the DAC, as the UK reached the 0.7% of national income as ODA target. Iceland saw its aid increase by 27%, although from a relatively low level (US$35 million).

But 11 donors saw aid levels fall. While Portugal saw the largest percentage fall (20%) to US$484 million, two G7 donors saw the next largest falls. Canada’s ODA fell by 11.4% (by US$631 million), but ODA from France was down by almost double this amount (U$1.2 billion), a 10% fall from 2012 levels.

Among the other G7 donors, Italy saw the fourth largest increase among the DAC, 13.4% (US$384 million), and Germany a 3% increase (US$410 million). The US remains by far the largest donor, providing US$32 billion in 2013, a 1.3% increase (US$399) on the previous year.

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*All changes and amounts are based on constant 2013 prices, and so differ from the DAC release data in constant 2012 prices.


Development Initiatives’ analysis based on OECD provisional 2013 ODA data released on 8 April 2014 OECD DAC