Europe remains the world's biggest development donor

With more than €74.4bn, the EU and its Member States continued to be the world's leading provider of official development assistance in 2018, according the latest report on preliminary figures of OECD's Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC). European development assistance represents almost 57% of the total global assistance by all OECD-DAC donors.

“EU development cooperation helps improve life opportunities for millions of people across the world,” Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica (pictured), said. He pointed out that in the future, the EU and its Member States would keep up efforts to further increase development assistance.

Preliminary 2018 figures indicate a slight decrease in overall collective Official Development Assistance (ODA), due to a significant reduction of in-donor refugee spending compared to previous years. Excluding in-donor refugee costs, the EU and its Member States have stepped up their development cooperation efforts by 4% compared with 2017.

In 2018, four EU Member States provided 0.7% or more of their GNI in Official Development Assistance: Denmark, Luxembourg, Sweden and the UK. In four Member States (France, Hungary, Malta and Sweden), the Official Development Assistance to GNI ratio increased by more than 0.01% between 2017 and 2018, while it decreased by at least 0.01% in twelve Member States.

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