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Aid & development linkage: Country donors


Danielle Cave


13 May 2010 07:41

  • Fresh off the press, Australia’s 2010-11 aid budget sees a small increase from $3818 million in 2009-10 to $4349 million in 2010-11. Confusion arises when delving into the gross national income (GNI) figures as the government has implemented a new accounting standard which a more patient colleague of mine deciphered here.
  • New accounting figures aside, the government will be scrambling to meet its promise to increase official development assistance to 0.5% of GNI by 2015?16. As Tim Colebatch from the Sydney Morning Herald reports, the Government has now left more than two-thirds of the distance to be covered in the second half of the trip.
  • South Korea is putting significant resources towards becoming a more 'Global Korea', which includes playing a greater role as an overseas development assistance provider. A fascinating part of this includes Korea stepping onto the podium to take third place, behind the US and Japan, for the number of overseas volunteers the country sends abroad each year. Through Korea's International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Korea's corps of volunteers totals 1,000 disbursed to 43 different countries.
  • With David Cameron now confirmed as the new Prime Minister of the UK, it will be interesting to see what will happen to the increasingly cashed up and powerful UK Department of International Development. While all parties have committed to maintaining the aid target of 0.7% of GNI by 2015, a change in government will certainly bring with it implications for DFID. Will the conservatives stick to their previously stated plans for DFID, analysed here by the London School of Economics and Political Science? Watch this space.
  • The growing importance of non-Western country donors is discussed in this recent article looking at the varied collection of countries that contributed assistance to the Haiti earthquake. For a more in-depth read, check out the Overseas Development Institute report, 'Diversity in Donorship'.