EU institutions and member states combined remain lead donor in 2017, though ODA fell
The EU and its Member States continue to lead provisions of Official Development Assistance (ODA), with US$83.7 billion spent overall in 2017, confirm newly released figures by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). At the same time, ODA from 20 EU countries fell by 1.2%, to US$82.7 billion in 2017, representing 0.49% of combined gross national income. EU institution disbursements fell 6.7% in real terms to US$16.5 billion. New OECD-DAC figures also show a declining share of aid spent on refugees. For many European countries, the ODA fall resulted from lower in-donor refugee costs reported in 2017.