The 2013 DATA Report: Special Report Tracking Development Assistance

With fewer than 1,000 days to go until the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ONE’s new Special Report Tracking Development Assistance, explores overall trends in official development assistance (ODA) and shows how donor countries are doing in their efforts to support Africa.

This special briefing follows on from ONE’s main 2013 DATA Report report, Financing the Fight for Africa’s Transformation, published in May. Using preliminary OECD DAC data on development assistance for 2012, ONE reveals that global aid flows declined for a second year in a row, taking many donors further away from reaching their aid targets, and development assistance to Africa and sub-Saharan Africa was cut disproportionately. Sixteen of the 24 major donor countries reduced their aid to the region last year.

Just when the stakes are highest and the possibility of ending extreme poverty is on the horizon, governments should be striving to meet their promises and galvanise support, not turning their backs on some of the poorest countries. While a tough economic climate continues to put pressure on aid budgets, particularly across the Eurozone, donors and partner governments must use limited resources as effectively and transparently as possible. It is vital that aid cuts are reversed, and that donors prioritise assistance to sub-Saharan Africa, in line with overall commitments to Africa and, more importantly, as part of a global partnership to support those countries and regions most in need. Sub-Saharan Africa is showing incredible progress on the Millennium Development Goals, but for donors to turn away from the region now would put hard-earned advances in jeopardy.

The 2013 DATA Report: Financing the Fight for Africa’s Transformation

The world has officially entered the final leg of its 15-year journey to halve extreme poverty and reduce child mortality by two-thirds, reverse the tide against HIV/AIDS and malaria, and ensure that more people have access to basic services, such as primary education and safe drinking water.

Despite a challenging global economic environment, many poor and middle-income countries are making dramatic progress towards the highly ambitious MDG targets. On the other hand, the performance of a number of large laggard countries is holding back some regions’ rate of progress, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. To help ensure that the world sprints to the 2015 finish line, ONE’s 2013 DATA Report examines the recent progress of individual countries against eight MDG targets, focusing particular attention on sub-Saharan Africa, and compares that progress against African government and donor spending in three key poverty-reducing sectors: health, education, and agriculture.

As the world begins to turn its attention to the post-2015 period, it’s crucial that we build momentum to achieve the current MDGs in the last two-and–a-half years. This will take a concerted effort from African governments, donor governments, and international partners to sustain financing and to ensure transparent and accountable use of all resources for development.


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