New OECD figures

German ODA ratio rises to 0.52 per cent in 2015

Press release of 13.04.2016 |

Last year Germany spent about 26 per cent more on official development cooperation than the year before. That is shown by the provisional figures for official development assistance – known as ODA – released by the OECD today. In 2015, German ODA contributions amounted to about 16 billion euros. That means Germany remains the third-largest donor for development assistance after the US and the UK.

Germany’s ODA ratio, that is the country’s spending on official development assistance in relation to its gross national income, rose to 0.52 per cent. In 2014, the ratio was still 0.42 per cent.

"The refugee crisis has confronted us with a challenge that is without precedent,” Federal Minister Gerd Müller said. "In order to meet this challenge we have once again made a considerable increase in the budget of the Development Ministry. Higher spending to support refugees in Germany will not stand in the way of our goal of helping refugees in the crisis region around Syria and giving them a better outlook for the future through school lessons, vocational training and work. Every euro spent in the region on making it a viable option for the refugees to stay where they are has 20 times the impact of the same amount spent in Germany.”

Germany has made a slight adjustment in its calculation of ODA-eligible domestic spending on refugees to reflect the current situation. In this regard our figures are in the middle range compared with those of other international donors. As a result of the high numbers of displaced persons who have sought refuge in Europe, other European donors have also increased their spending in this area quite considerably. Without these costs German ODA funding increased by seven per cent.

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