The Spanish development NGO Oxfam Intermón released its annual report 'La Realidad de la Ayuda' ('Reality of assistance') analyzing the most relevant trends of Spain’s development policy. Secretary of state for international cooperation and Ibero-America, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, and Spanish development agency AECID’s director, Aina Calvo, attended to the report launch event in Madrid along with other politicians and NGO representatives.
Based on the latest figures of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxfam Intermón found that Spain’s ODA has dropped to €2.2 billion (US$2.5 billion), down to just 0.20% of its gross national income in 2008. This represents a cumulative cutback of 55.7% in the last decade. Spain is the country with the biggest budgetary cuts in ODA spending; its cuts are five times greater than the donor in second place.
On the day following the launch event, Oxfam Intermón published an op-ed in El País calling for a “re-foundation of Spain’s development cooperation”. It underlines the importance of resuming development financing, of ongoing increases to ODA spending, and of reforming the institutional architecture of the Spanish development policy in order to align it with the new challenges surrounding the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Press release – Oxfam Intermón (in Spanish)
Oxfam Op-ed – El País (in Spanish)