Facts


With elections for the European Parliament looming, we collected some key facts on the EU’s aid programme. Here are 10 things to know about EU aidLargest aid donor! Use these graphics to find out about its size, importance and spending priorities.

The EDCSP team has compiled an updated factual round-up of the EU’s progress on current policy and administrative processes related to the development agenda. See the tour d’horizon here.

The EDCSP team has compiled this tour d’horizon, a factual round-up of the EU’s progress on current policy and administrative processes related to the development agenda.

The International Development Committee recently called Simon Maxwell and Siân Herbert to give oral evidence at a session for the inquiry into EU development assistance.

The session covered a vast array of issues including:

  • The EU’s new development strategy – An Agenda for Change;
  •  The comparative advantages of the EC, compared to both bilateral and multiateral donors;
  •  The differences between the EU’s central development instruments, and the European Development Fund (EDF);
  • How the EU should deal with middle-incomes countries;
  • Administration costs – looking at the tricky task of comparing DFID to the European Commission’s development projects; and
  • Policy coherence for development.

Click here for a transcript of the session.

The European Commission has today adopted legislative proposals for its external action instruments (2014-2020), setting out the practical implications of the new proposed development strategy – ‘An Agenda for Change’. These instruments will come under increasing scrutiny over the next few months, in the lead up to the Foreign Affairs Council in May 2012.

On 29 November, EDCSP, as part of the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), together with Thijs Berman MEP, hosted a roundtable debate in the European Parliament on the development aspects of the proposals on the EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework.

To see the ETTG’s presentation, click here.

Eurobarometer have just released an opinion poll on development aid, based on interviews with 26,856 people across the EU in September 2011.

The key findings reveal that 85% of Europeans find development aid very important or fairly important. The countries that are most supportive of development aid are Sweden (97%), Cyprus (95%), Poland (92%), Luxembourg (92%), Germany (92%) and Finland (91%). Overall support is the weakest in Hungary (75%), Bulgaria (75%), Estonia (74%) and Slovenia (71%).

A large majority of Europeans (70%) see sub-Saharan Africa as a part of the world that is most in need of aid in the fight against poverty. In a question that allowed respondents a maximum of three answers, North Africa and the Middle-East came second at 33%, followed by the Indian sub-continent (25%), the Caribbean (17%), South East Asia (16), Eastern Europe (outside the EU), Caucasus and Central Asia (15%), Latin America (15%). and the Pacific and Oceania (6%).

Read the report to learn more interesting stats.


For everything you want to know about EU aid, have a look at this handy factsheet

OECD-DAC today published its latest figures on Official Development Assistance (ODA).  They showed that European Union ODA fell both in relative and absolute terms.

While EU members provided US$ 71.0bn in 2009, the amount fell to US$ 67.1bn in nominal terms, or US$ 70.8 when taking into account inflation and exchange rate movements.

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