Many European governments are exaggerating their aid progress by inflating their aid figures with debt cancellations, particularly to Iraq and Nigeria. They are also chalking up as aid their spending within Europe on refugees and foreign students’ education. In 2006 these non-aid items accounted for G13.5 billion, almost one third of European ODA.

Key finding

  • In 2006, a massive 11 billion euros chalked up by Europe as aid was in fact debt cancellation. Cancelling the debts of Iraq and Nigeria alone accounted for E8 billion of this figure