Netherlands Wants Military Spending Counted as Development Aid

    Dutch Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen has urged the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to count military spending for promoting peace and security in developing nations as development aid.

    “The Netherlands is pressing for such activities to be included in ODA [official development assistance], with clear conditions being set out in the relevant guidelines,” according to a Feb. 9 news release of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Knapen held talks with J. Brian Atwood, chairman of OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, this week in Paris concerning new forms of development cooperation.

    “They concluded that changes are needed in how we report on development efforts,” according to the release.

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    • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.