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 sectors of Spain’s development assistance: This is reflected in its bilateral programming: Support to governance and civil society, including for women’s rights, is the largest sector for bilateral ODA.
  • Spain seeks to establish new models of development cooperation with partner countries in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. This includes through ‘triangular’ cooperation programs, blended finance, and the delegated cooperation of the European Union (EU).


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Key opportunities
  • The minority socialist government of PM Sánchez called a snap election for April 28, 2019, following its failure to pass a 2019 budget in Parliament. Based on polling, it is difficult to predict a likely outcome, but there is strong consensus across the largest parties on continuing to increase Spanish ODA.
  • Spain plans to develop a new strategy for multilateral cooperation in 2019. This will outline multilateral priorities and may look to to harmonize development-related financial tools in order to encourage larger voluntary contributions to multilateral instruments.