Officials overseeing Spain’s development assistance have pledged to increase the impact of projects in countries receiving the country’s aid.
At the Jan. 11 gathering in Madrid of the 65 heads of offices representing the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, or AECID, abroad, Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation Soraya Rodriguez stressed the importance of improving the efficiency and quality of aid amid a “tough budget scenario.”
Rodriguez expects the country’s official development assistance to decline from 0.47 percent of the gross national income in 2010 to 0.4 percent in 2011, which is equivalent to euro4.2 billion (USD5.4 billion). The central government, she said, will handle euro3.7 billion of the funding, while AECID will manage euro870 million.
“We tried to keep bilateral commitments despite budget cuts, not just a question of credibility as a country meets, but also because we know that behind these agreements there are names, beneficiaries and beneficiaries who would be interrupted [in] their efforts to achieve [a] dignified life,” AECID Director Francisco Moza said, as quoted by a government press release.