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Thanks to a brand-new online tool, you can freely compare EU countries overseas aid data in just a few clicks.

Unveiled as this year’s annual AidWatch report was released in Brussels, the interactive AidWatch 2011 microsite – located at aidwatch.concordeurope.org – is dedicated to explaining the trends underpinning EU and member states’ aid decisions.


Titled ‘Challenging self-interest: Getting EU aid fit for the fight against poverty’, this year’s review found that in 2010 EU member states inflated official aid spending by more than €5bn and that aid spending is becoming increasingly dictated by domestic political agendas and tied to security, immigration and commercial objectives.

While the EU remained the world’s biggest aid donor in 2010, only nine EU member countries met their aid targets and overall Europe fell short of its 0.56% GNI commitment for 2010 by nearly €15 billion – spending 0.43% of GNI. The bloc is now clearly off-target to reach 0.7% of GNI by 2015.

Using the new interactive microsite, users are able to easier compare and contrast EU member states’ performance on aid commitments, read more detailed analysis for each individual country, see what countries are on target and which are falling well short, as well as download a copy of the full report. Tables and graphics also help illustrate the report’s findings.

With just a few simple clicks of the mouse reveals that:

  • Three countries alone are responsible for more than three-quarters of the nearly €15 billion aid gap in 2010: Italy (43.8%), Germany (26.4%) and Spain (6.4%).
  • Eight countries – including France, Italy, Austria and Portugal – are unlikely to reach their aid commitments by 2015;
  • With the Danish administration cutting public expenditure and overseas aid, the Danish government projects its aid levels to drop in 2013 – their lowest levels since 1985.

Why not visit the microsite yourself and see what you will uncover?

AidWatch is a project of CONCORD – the European Confederation of Relief and Development NGOs of which Oxfam International is a member.

Further reading:

Blog by European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs: Aid on NGOs watch
EU Observer: EU realigning aid towards domestic goals, say NGOs
The Parliament Magazine: EU facing €15bn shortfall in aid commitments
El Mundo: Las ONG denuncian que la UE desvirtúa la ayuda a los países pobres


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