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.