A global partnership for development

Where do we stand?

Core development aid falls in real terms for the first time in more than a decade, as donor countries face fiscal constraints.

In 2011, net aid disbursements amounted to $133.5 billion, representing 0.31 per cent of developed countries’ combined national income.  While constituting an increase in absolute dollars, this was a 2.7 per cent drop in real terms over 2010. If debt relief and humanitarian aid are excluded, bilateral aid for development programmes and projects fell by 4.5 per cent in real terms.

Official development assistance from developed countries, 2000-2011 (Constant 2010 US$ billions and current US$ billions)

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UNDP's work around the globe

UNDP in Haiti

First mobile phone cash transfer for housing repairs kicks off in Haiti

Haiti’s earthquake-affected households started, this week, to receive cash installments through the first ever mobile money transfer mechanism to support post-disaster housing reconstruction. More 

UNDP in the Republic of Korea
UNDP in the Republic of Korea

29 Nov - 1 Dec : 4th International Forum on Aid Effectiveness

From 29 November to 1 December 2011, approximately 2000 development partners convened at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Republic of Korea, to review global progress in improving the impact and effectiveness of aid, and make commitments that set a new agenda for development.More 

Quick facts

  • Official development assistance stands at 0.31 per cent of the combined national income of developed countries, still far short of the 0.7 per cent UN target.
  • Aid to the African continent increased by 0.9 percent to 31.4 billion in 2011, but remains below expectations.
  • Developing countries gain greater access to the markets of developed countries.
  • In 2011, 75 percent of the worldwide mobile cellular subscriptions were in the developing regions, up from 59 percent in 2006.
  • By the end of 2011, over 160 countries in the world had launched 3G mobile broadband services and 45 percent of the population worldwide was covered by a high-speed mobile broadband signal.
  • The developing world share of the world’s Internet users rose to 63 percent in 2011, when 35 percent of the world was online.
  • Only 1 in 6 people in the developing world has access to the Internet.