At the end of June 2017, the Minister of Cooperation and Humanitarian Action presented the 2016 annual report. The latter provides detailed information on the use of Luxembourg official development assistance (ODA) allocations and the Fonds de la coopération au développement - FCD (Development Cooperation Fund).
In 2016, with 1.02% of its gross national income (GNI), Luxembourg was the second most generous contributor to official development assistance among the OECD member countries, just after Norway (1.11%). The Grand Duchy contributed over€350 million to ODA, 13.82% were allocated to humanitarian aid and the 93 approved NGOs managed around 16% of this total.
2016, an important year for ODA
The report also showed that 2016 was an important year for development assistance but a difficult one for humanitarian cooperation as it was marked by continuous and complex crises. The international community is having great difficulties finding solutions in war zones like Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Humanitarian organisations are often pushed to their borders.
However, cooperation with some partner countries, like Vietnam and El Salvador, seems to have produced results. These two countries no longer received development aid from Luxembourg in 2016 and managed to achieve the status of middle income countries. This victory hasn't stopped the Grand Duchy from pursuing some projects in these countries in order to consolidate what has been achieved and foster links that go beyond development cooperation.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal – Source: press release from the Ministry ofForeign and European Affairs / Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action)