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Are the G8 Members Keeping Their ODA Commitments?
Chris Van Berkum, G8 Research Group
July 7, 2008

At the 2005 Gleneagles Summit, the G8 committed to doubling aid to Africa by 2010.  Aid for all developing countries will increase at a rate of US$50 billion per year until 2010, with US$25 billion extra per year for Africa.

The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has reported that official development assistance (ODA) from DC members fell by 8.4% in real terms in 2007 to US$103.7 billion.  This decline, however, was expected. ODA had been exceptionally high in 2005 (US$107.1 billion) and 2006 (US$104.4 billion), due to large Paris Club debt relief operations.

2005


Country

ODA in US$ million current

Percentage change from 2004 to 2005
(2004 rates of exchange)

Canada

3 756

+31.2

France

10026

+16.8

Germany

10082

+32.9

Italy

5091

+101.4

Japan

13147

+51.7

Russia

Russia is not a member of the DAC

United Kingdom

10767

+35.0

United States

27622

+36.5

2006


Country

ODA in US$ million current

Percentage change from 2005 to 2006
(2005 rates of exchange)

Canada

3 713

-9.2

France

10 448

+1.4

Germany

10 351

+0.9

Italy

3 672

-30.0

Japan

11 608

-9.6

Russia

Russia is not a member of the DAC

United Kingdom

12 607

+13.1

United States

22 739

-20.0

2007


Country

ODA in USD million current

Percentage change from 2006 to 2007
(2006 rates of exchange)

Canada

3 922

-2.7

France

9 940

-15.9

Germany

12 267

5.9

Italy

3 929

-3.6

Japan

7 691

-30.1

Russia

Russia is not a member of the DAC

United Kingdom

9 921

-29.1

United States

21 753

-9.9

*Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


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