(Brussels, Paris, 08/04/2015) European governments have failed to meet their historic aid pledge to developing countries in 2015, despite some positive exceptions according to new figures released by the OECD today.

The news comes as EU governments had promised to deliver 0.7% of gross national income to development aid since the EU recommitted in 2005.

AidWatch, an aid monitoring initiative of Concord, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, finds that only 4 EU countries (members of the OECD DAC) met their targets: Denmark, Luxemburg, Sweden and UK.

“The EU’s aid promise to poor countries has been another victim of austerity. Unfortunately official figures today confirm that despite some positive exceptions, the EU missed its overall aid target in 2015. The figures are a huge blow to the credibility of the EU and its member states during a critical year when several major negotiations regarding the future of development and climate finance are taking place,” says Zuzana Sladkova, CONCORD Policy Coordinator.

In 1970 the rich countries of the world agreed to deliver 0.7% of GNI as development aid. In 2005 the EU and its members states agreed on a deadline of 2015 to reach this target as a demonstration of solidarity with the poor of the world. The figures demonstrate this commitment has not been met.

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“The inability of the EU and its member states as a whole to meet their own deadline in reaching 0.7% is just one in a series of lapsed commitments to poor countries. Whether it be commitments to untying aid or using partner country systems rich countries have time and time again failed to deliver on their promises while expecting more and more from poor countries. If the EU is to be taken seriously in the upcoming discussions on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa it will have to do less talking and more walking,” says Jeroen Kwakkenbos, Eurodad policy and advocacy manager.


Notes to editors

1. CONCORD monitors European aid levels through AidWatch and compares official EU aid figures with the genuine amount of aid going to developing countries. For more information visit: http://concordeurope.org
2. In 1970, The 0.7% ODA/GNI target was first agreed and has been repeatedly re-endorsed at the highest level at international aid and development conferences: in 2005, the 15 countries that were members of the European Union by 2004 agreed to reach the target by 2015: the 0.7% target served as a reference for 2005 political commitments to increase ODA from the EU, the G8 Gleneagles Summit and the UN World Summit: http://www.oecd.org/development/stats/45539274.pdf
3. OECD DAC aid figures for Europe: http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/development-aid-stable-in-2014-but-flows-to-poorest-countries-still-falling.htm


 Source: OECD