Spanish cabinet presents new development bill

On May 31, 2022, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's cabinet approved the new development bill, ‘Law Proposal for Sustainable Development Cooperation and Global Solidarity', which will be discussed in parliament in the upcoming months.

The new development bill, which is expected to replace the current Spanish development cooperation law from 1998, aims to modernize Spanish development architecture. It embraces the following objectives:

  • Adapt the current political and normative framework of Spain’s development policy to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development;
  • Promote a better alignment between Spain and EU development initiatives;
  • Generate an effective framework for Spain’s ODA disbursements;
  • Strengthen political coherence and provide synergies for multi-level partnerships;
  • Address current institutional weaknesses in Spain’s development system and facilitate strategic, coordinated, and results-oriented management;
  • Provide the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) with adequate regulations, institutional capacities, and resources to respond to commitments related to the 2030 Agenda;
  • Modernize Spanish financial cooperation tools and development finance;
  • Secure effective recruitment, attraction, and retention of human resources;
  • Strengthen the resources and capacities of Spain’s humanitarian assistance; and
  • Improve knowledge management, evaluation, and monitoring of development policy.

In addition, for the first time in Spain’s history, the new development law includes the objective of increasing ODA to 0.7% of GNI by 2030.

Press release - Council of Ministers (in Spanish)