OECD to Spain: Focus aid on fewer countries

The headquarters of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation in Madrid. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has recommended that Spain focus on fewer aid recipients. Photo by: Luis García

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s latest review of Development Assistance Committee member countries’ aid programs is out. In the spotlight? Spain, which the OECD said should concentrate aid on fewer countries.

The OECD regularly publishes peer reviews of DAC members’ aid programs — highlighting both the program’s strengths and weaknesses. Among its latest reviews are on the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Greece, which it said should also focus on fewer recipients.

OECD’s recommendation reflects a growing trend among donors to refocus their aid programs by slimming down the number of their recipients — just as the United Kingdom did following the conclusion of its bilateral and multilateral aid review in 2011.

Spain currently gives aid to 50 countries — down from 56 a few years back — but the OECD said this should be reduced further for Spanish aid to be more effective. In addition, the OECD urged Spain to strengthen its relationship with nongovernmental organizations by producing a “clear policy on when, why and how NGOs should be involved in official development co-operation.”

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