Despite Dutch government's efforts to boost assistance, Netherlands's ODA-GNI will likely decline after 2022 from COVID-19 fallout

On February 12, 2021, Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, responded to a parliamentary motion on returning to the target of 0.7% of the gross national income (GNI) for official development assistance (ODA).

Kaag confirmed that the current cabinet made extra resources available to reverse the declining trend in the ODA budget and contributed an extra €500 million (US$608 million) to the international fight against COVID-19. However, the government did adjust the GNI and the ODA budget to be lower from 2022 onwards due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.  

Kaag further stated that given the cabinet’s caretaker status, due to the resignation of the cabinet following a childcare benefit scandal, it can only point out the importance of maintaining a sufficient budget for development cooperation to respond to the effects of the COVID-19 and climate crises and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.  

Press release - Parliament of the Netherlands (in Dutch)