UN reports fall in development assistance from donor countries

Decline in aid will affect efforts to reach Millennium Development Goals by 2015

By Jemima Rohekar
Published: Friday 19 September 2014

Recent progress report by the UN shows that bilateral development assistance to sub-Saharan Africa fell significantly in 2013 (Photo courtesy:  FAO)

The United Nations has expressed concern over persistent gaps in commitments of development aid made by donor countries. In the latest report, titled The State of the Global Partnership for Development, released by the  MDG Gap Taskforce this week, the UN has highlighted the slow progress made by developed nations in reaching their pledged volumes of official development assistance (ODA). The ODA is directed towards helping least developed countries achieve their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

According to a UN news report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged leaders and citizens to “boldly step forward” to eradicate poverty, raise living standards and sustain the environment. “I call on all governments and international institutions to continue strengthening the global partnership for development so that we can usher in a more sustainable future,” he said.

The report noted that though the volume of development assistance reached its highest level at $135 billion in 2013, there was a significant decline in bilateral aid to sub-Saharan Africa. 


In September 2013, member states of the UN had called for the urgent implementation of aid commitments, especially of 0.7 per cent of donor Gross National Income to developing countries and 0.15-0.20 per cent to least developed countries.

While Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom reached their targets, the biggest decreases in aid were seen from Canada, France and Portugal.

The Millennium Development Goals 2015 include targets like eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, achieving universal primary education and ensuring environmental sustainability.

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