At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • The ‘Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation 2018-2021’ outlines seven priorities, all linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 1) zero hunger; 2) good health and well-being; 3) quality education; 4) gender equality; 5) clean water and sanitation; 6) decent work and economic growth; and 7) peace, justice, and strong institutions. 
  • Gender equality and democratic governance are cross-cutting priorities of Spain’s development assistance. This is reflected in its bilateral programming in which, ‘support to governance and civil society’, including for women’s rights, is the largest recipient sector for bilateral ODA. 
  • Spain seeks to establish new models of development cooperation with partner countries in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa through ‘triangular’ cooperation programs, blended finance, and the delegated cooperation of the European Union (EU). 

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  • Despite winning the snap general elections on April 28, 2019,  the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) of acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, did not manage to form a coalition government. As a result of which, Sánchez could not be re-elected as prime minister and Spain will have to conduct new general elections on November 10, 2019. Pedro Sánchez will continue in place as acting Prime Minister until a new government is formed after the elections.
  • On September, 2019, at the UN General Assembly, acting PM Sánchez announced that Spain will resume disbursements to multilateral institutions and pledged contributions to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria (€100 million), the Green Climate Fund (€150 million), and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Fund (€100 million). 
  • Spain plans to develop a new strategy for multilateral cooperation in 2019. The strategy will outline Spain’s multilateral priorities and may consider harmonizing development-related financial tools, in order to encourage larger voluntary contributions to multilateral instruments.