Official development assistance (ODA) is an essential public policy for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a global scale.
ODA is public funding, provided by governments to developing countries. It is but one of the many different sources of development financing which will help to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
But ODA stands out from the other sources, private in particular, in that government ODA financing is intended to support the needs and human development of the poorest populations, thus implementing the the SDGs’ overarching objective to "leave no-one behind".
This section offers an overview of how and where official development assistance is used, to provide a picture of the successes and challenges of this particular form of development financing, which remains a lifesaving investment for millions of the poorest people around the world.
English translations of the full range of our Policy Notes will be online by the end of 2019.
Increase of Development Aid in 2020Published 13 April 2021
Policy Brief n°8: How investing today can reduce the need for aid tomorrow: health as a case (...)Published 2 September 2019
Policy Brief n°6 : Innovative Financing for DevelopmentPublished 2 September 2019
Policy Brief n°7 : Common misconceptions about public development aidPublished 2 September 2019
Policy Brief n°5: gender equality, development, and sexual and reproductive health and rightsPublished 2 September 2019
Policy Brief n°13: Development policy and the G7Published 2 September 2019
Policy Brief n°4: Migration and DevelopmentPublished 2 September 2019
Policy Brief n°3: Health and DevelopmentPublished 2 September 2019
Understanding development aid (an overview)Published 2 September 2019