Outside the DAC, many OECD-reporting donors look close to home

By Anna Patricia Valerio 22 June 2015

Children benefit from humanitarian aid sent by the Israeli government in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. Israel is just one of the 18 non-DAC donors that report their aid figures to OECD. Photo by: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs / CC BY-NC

Discussions of donors that are outside of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — an ever-evolving group that has come to be known under the all-encompassing term “emerging donors” — have typically included China, India, Brazil and South Africa. These donors do not report details about their development cooperation to the OECD, which estimates the size of their aid programs.

Still, more non-DAC donors — 18 in total — actually report their aid figures to the OECD: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Israel, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Some of these countries are OECD observers — the DAC introduced observerships “to understand better and learn about non-DAC providers of development cooperation” — while the UAE, which saw the largest increase in official development assistance in 2013, even became a DAC participant.

Below, we take a closer look at non-DAC donors that report to the OECD, have data for at least five years and have not yet been covered extensively by Devex.

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Anna Patricia Valerio

Anna Patricia Valerio is a Manila-based development analyst focusing on writing innovative, in-the-know content for senior executives in the international development community. Before joining Devex, Patricia wrote and edited business, technology and health stories for BusinessWorld, a Manila-based business newspaper.

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