On the occasion of the first anniversary of the admission of the Czech Republic to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD (since May 14th, 2014), the Czech NGDO platform FoRS reflected on the performance of its country in this elite club of donors.
In fact, balancing is not so favourable for the Czech Republic. It belongs among those countries that reduced their aid volume last year, while the tendency within the OECD is just opposite – in the context of an abating economic crisis the total ODA provided by OECD members increased by 6,1 % since 2012 up to 134,8 bln USD.
Based on preliminary data provided by the OECD/DAC, the Czech ODA decreased by almost 8 mil. USD in 2013 compared to the previous year and the percentage of its increasing gross national income (GNI) fell from 0,12% to 0,11%. Among OECD/DAC countries, only Slovakia and Poland received worse scoring with 0,09% and 0,10% respectively. However, both countries increased their ODA in the last year. The average percentage of GNI among DAC members is 0,30 %.
Considering the limited volume of Czech ODA, its quality and meaningfulness is crucial. In this sense, the Czech Republic has made positive progress towards more effective development cooperation since its admission in the OECD/DAC – for example, it has improved coordination and harmonization of its aid with local actors from the Global South.
Further information on the OECD website here and here.
Contact person: Katarina Šrámková (FoRS Policy Officer), firstname.lastname@example.org
Information provided by Marie Zazvorkova, FoRS