ODA joy? What the new OECD data tells us about global financing for WASH

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Stuart Kempster

Earlier this month, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the official statistics for international aid in 2015. Data on international aid is compiled by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) – a forum of 28 donor countries and the EU which sets the global norms for development cooperation and finance.

DAC have tracked financial flows to countries in the global south for over 50 years, with special attention paid to ODA (Official Development Assistance). ODA includes official grants or loans made to developing countries (or multilateral agencies,) which promote economic development and welfare, and are provided at concessional financial terms.

Total WASH ODA spent ($USD)Total ODA spent on WASH in 2015 ($USD)

To allow comparisons between countries over time, DAC reports aid flows in US dollars at constant prices (these are the figures used in this blog). Most donor countries have long signed up to the principle of spending 0.7% of GNI on ODA, but this ambition has never been met on a global scale.

So then what happened to ODA in 2015?

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Stuart Kempster is a Policy Analyst – Monitoring and Accountability for WaterAid UK.


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