Spanish NGO umbrella calls for increasing development assistance to 0.7%.GNI target

The Spanish development non-governmental organization (NGO) umbrella organization CONGDE reacted to the new release of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) that shows Spain’s official development assistance (ODA) dropped from US$2.6 billion in 2017 to US$2.4 billion in 2018.

CONGDE criticizes such low levels in development spending, which places Spain as the 13th-largest OECD DAC donor, and calls for an ODA increase to 0.5% of gross national income (GNI) by 2023 and to 0.7% of GNI by 2030.  Development NGOs also underline that, according to the 2018 Eurobarometer survey, 66% of the Spanish public believes that development cooperation should be a priority.

News article – El País (in Spanish)

Press release – CONGDE


OECD DAC preliminary data release shows ODA down by 2.7% in 2018

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) has published preliminary data for 2018, showing that official development assistance (ODA) fell by 2.7% in 2018. The data release is the first to use the OECD's  new 'grant equivalent' methodology. Applied for the first time in 2018, the method aims to ‘provide a more realistic comparison of the effort involved in providing grants and loans and encourage the provision of grants and highly concessional loans, especially to low-income countries’.

Net ODA from DAC members reached US$153 billion in 2018. The largest donors in absolute amounts were 1) the US (US34.3 billion), Germany (US$25 billion), 3) the UK (US19.4 billion), 4) Japan (US$14.2 billion), and 5) France (US$12.2 billion). In relative terms, the largest donors were Sweden at 1.04% of its gross national income (GNI), Luxembourg (0.98%), Norway (0.94%), Denmark (0.72%) and the UK(0.7%).

For more detailed information on the performance of bilateral donors, see the OECD DAC's detailed summary here.

OECD DAC – Press release “Development aid drops in 2018, especially to neediest countries”

Spain provides US$3 million for good governance in the Americas

The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) announced an €2.5 million (US$3 million) contribution to the Organization for American States (OAS). This new grant, which will be provided in 2018, will be mostly used to foster human rights and democratic governance in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Press release – AECID


Spanish NGO Salud por Derecho launches 'Health is First' campaign

The Spanish global health NGO Salud por Derecho has launched an awareness campaign entitled 'Health is First' ('La salud es lo primero') ahead of general elections to be held April 28, 2019. It is aimed at advocating for Spain to take a leadership role in implementing universal health coverage worldwide, promoting research and development for essential medicines, and fostering the fight against poverty-related diseases. Salud por Derecho has released an open letter to the largest political parties calling, among other measures, for Spain to make a disbursement to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 

Press release – Salud por Derecho (in Spanish)

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Spanish political parties commit to resume funding to Global Fund

In a discussion session organized by the Spanish development NGO Oxfam Intermón, representatives from the largest political parties, including the social-democrat Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), the conservative Popular Party (PP), and the left-wing Podemos, said that Spain should come back as a donor of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). 

In addition to that, according to an article published by the newspaper El País, the PSOE and Podemos called for Spain’s official development assistance (ODA) to increase to 0.5% of its gross national income (GNI) by the end of the next term of office, in 2023. This commitment appears in both parties’ electoral manifestos. While the PP’s manifesto underlines the importance of strengthening Spain’s engagement towards the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, it does not make any reference to increasing ODA.

News article – El País

Electoral manifesto – PSOE

Electoral manifesto – PP

Electoral manifesto – Podemos

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Spanish prime minister declares ending child poverty a foreign-policy priority

During an event with civil society organizations held at La Moncloa, Spanish Prime Minister (PM) Pedro Sánchez underlined that contributing to the fight against child poverty is a top, urgent priority of Spain's foreign policy. Sánchez advocated in turn for developing a clear state policy to advance sustainable development goals and end child poverty in Spain and all around the world. Spanish Minister of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare María Luisa Carcedo and High Commissioner for the Agenda 2030 Cristina Gallach also participated in the event, which was supported by the Spanish childhood umbrella organization Childhood Platform and UNICEF Spain.

Press release – PM’s office, La Moncloa (in Spanish)


Spanish NGO Salud por Derecho calls for more funding to address TB

Marking World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, the Spanish global health NGO Salud por Dercho urged Spain and the international community to raise funding to effectively tackle tuberculosis (TB) worldwide. Salud por Derecho has highlighted that the existing US$6.9 billion allocated yearly across the world to fight TB does not suffice and needs to be nearly doubled to US$13 billion per year in order to end the disease and meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. 

Press release – Salud por Derecho (in Spanish)

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Spanish prime minister positions science and innovation as cornerstone of 2030 Agenda

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez underlined science and innovation as critical components to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during an event with 150 researchers. When reiterating his government’s engagement towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sánchez stated that research and development initiatives must be actively strengthened. Spanish Minister of Science Pedro Duque and High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda Cristina Gallach also participated in the event. 

Press release – La Moncloa (in Spanish)


Foreign ministers of Spain and Mauritania meet in Madrid

Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation Josep Borrell received Mauritanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Ould Cheikh in Madrid. Borrell and Ould reviewed bilateral cooperation and discussed several aspects concerning the Sahel region and Spain such as development and migration flows. Borrell underlined that Mauritania will continue to be a priority recipient of Spain’s development assistance and stated that his department plans to foster the participation of Spanish private companies in Mauritania to support development-related projects on infrastructures and rural development. 

Press release – MAUEC (in Spanish)


Spain's FONPRODE to disburse €20 million to foster rural development

As approved by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s cabinet, the Spanish Development Promotion Fund (FONPRODE) will disburse €20 million (US$23 million) to foster rural development in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia through the equity investment fund Huruma. Using FONPRODE funding and another €10 million (US$11 million) initial contribution from the European Union, the Huruma Fund aims to raise €70 million (US$79 million) from the private sector to finance smallholder initiatives in developing countries. Huruma was created by the Spanish development agency (AECID) in collaboration with the Spanish public-private Company for Development Financing (COFIDES), which will be in charge of managing the fund. 

Press release – AECID (in Spanish)

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