The very first AidWatch style report was published in 2006. The briefing showed that €13.5 billion – or almost one third – of reported European ODA in 2005 did not provide any new aid for developing countries. This vast amount of
apparent aid spending was in fact money for debt cancellation and for foreign student costs and refugees in donor countries.

Key finding

  • In 2005, following civil society campaigning, European Governments agreed to contribute 0.51% ODA/GNI by 2010.