Brussels, 21 November 2019 – EU aid decreased in 2018, continuing the downward trend from 2017. Despite the well-received 25% reduction in inflated aid, EU aid is still decreasing after discounting these components. This means that, at the current rate of growth, the EU will only meet the 0.7% ODA/GNI target in 2061, as revealed by the CONCORD AidWatch Report 2019.
Looking into the Leave No One Behind principle and how to actually implement it, the AidWatch report shows that the current EU ODA allocation is not guided by the high levels of poverty and inequality in some regions of the world.
In 2018, EU aid level decreased by 5.8% in absolute terms compared to the previous year. While inflated aid still represents 14% of the total EU aid budget, this decline, mainly among a dozen EU Member States, is correlated to the decrease of several components, like in-donor refugee costs, tied aid and debt relief, all reported as ODA.
 The 2 countries identified overlap from a country groups comparison of several pre-established criteria: off-track countries, countries left behind, poverty-challenged countries and severely financially-challenged countries.
NOTES TO EDITORS
- CONCORD EUROPE: CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, made up of 28 national associations, 23 international networks and 4 associate members that represent over 2.600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe.
- AIDWATCH REPORTS: Since 2005, CONCORD AidWatch monitors aid spendings and formulates recommendations on the quality and quantity of aid provided by EU Member States and the European Commission. CONCORD actively campaigns to hold EU leaders accountable for their commitments to dedicate 0,7% of their Gross National Income to development assistance and to use this aid in genuine, poverty-focused and effective ways.
- REPORT ON INEQUALITIES: This report looks into this multidimensional concept and offers concrete proposals for EU decision-makers to respond to this soaring worldwide, man-made problem.
- ODA COMMITMENT & DEFINITION: The EU commitment on spending 0.7% of its GNI on ODA has been recently renewed in the European Consensus on Development. Resource here.
- OECD DAC: Global aid figures: Preliminary data 2018 – Report “Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind”