6 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 the Republic of Korea

    29 Nov - 1 Dec : 4th International Forum on Aid Effectiveness
    UNDP in the Republic of Korea

    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.

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Targets for MDG8
  1. Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
    • Developing countries gain greater access to the markets of developed countries
    • Least developed countries benefit most from tariff reductions, especially on their agricultural products
  2. Address the special needs of least developed countries
    • Net Official development assistance (ODA), total and to the least developed countries, as percentage of OECD/DAC donors' gross national income
    • Proportion of total bilateral, sector-allocable ODA of OECD/DAC donors to basic social services (basic education, primary health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation)
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  3. Address the special needs of landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
    • Official development assistance (ODA) received in landlocked developing countries as a proportion of their gross national income
    • ODA received in small island developing States as a proportion of their gross national incomes
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  4. Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries
    • Total number of countries that have reached their HIPC decision points and number that have reached their HIPC completion points (cumulative)
    • Debt relief committed under HIPC and MDRI Initiatives
    • Debt service as a percentage of exports of goods and services
  5. In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
    • Proportion of population with access to affordable essential drugs on a sustainable basis
  6. In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications
    • Telephone lines per 100 population
    • Cellular subscribers per 100 population
    • Internet users per 100 population