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Which G7 countries consider gender equality in their foreign aid?

Published 10 May 2022 in Facts and figures

Each year, the member countries of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) report back to the organization the amount of Official Development Assistance (ODA) they have provided in the year. As part of this exercise, DAC members (including the seven G7 countries) are asked to indicate, for each project or program, whether it promotes or not gender equality, based on a three-value « marker »:

  • Value 2: gender equality is the main objective of the project/program
  • Value 1: gender equality is a significant objective of the project/program
  • Value 0: the project/program does not target gender equality.

This data is published in n+2 for year n. In 2019-2020, DAC members allocated an average of USD 56.5 billion per year (45% of their allocable bilateral ODA screened against the gender marker) to gender equality and women’s empowerment as either a primary objective (USD 6.3 billion or 5% of bilateral ODA) or a significant objective (USD 50.2 billion or 40% of bilateral ODA).

Among DAC members, the G7 countries allocated more than USD 36 billion to these issues, representing an average of 51% of their allocable bilateral ODA.