Aid from the world’s biggest donors is reaching record levels, according to the latest assessments. But as usual, there’s nuance behind the numbers.
Official development assistance (ODA) from the world’s largest aid-providing governments totalled $185.9 billion in 2021, according to statistics finalised in December by the intergovernmental Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD.
The figures cover foreign aid from members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee – a donors’ club including wealthy governments from Europe to North America, and Japan to Australia.
The numbers are boosted by spending on COVID-19 support that controversially includes vaccine doses – some of which wealthy countries hoarded then donated close to expiry.