Bern, Press release, 08.04.2014

Switzerland spent CHF 2.964 billion on official development assistance (ODA) in 2013, an increase of 3.4% compared with 2012. With an ODA of 0.47% of gross national income (GNI) in 2013, Switzerland ranks 8th among the 29 member states of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is publishing its ODA rankings this Tuesday.

In 2013, Switzerland's ODA rose by 3.5% compared with 2012. This represents a sum of CHF 2.964 billion, i.e. CHF 99 million more than in 2012. This increase can be attributed to Parliament's decision to augment funding to reach a target spending of 0.5%of GNI on ODA for disadvantaged countries by 2015.

With 0.47% of its GNI spent on ODA, Switzerland is one of 17 countries that increased their contributions in 2013. Switzerland ranks 8th (2012: 10th rank) among the 29 member countries of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, which is publishing data this Tuesday allowing an international comparison to be made (see link to press release). The share of gross national income spent on official development assistance is an internationally recognized indicator making it possible to compare donor countries in terms of their economic wealth. As a member of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee, Switzerland draws up an annual statistical report on its official development assistance.

Switzerland's official development assistance is jointly allocated by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and by the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER). It includes expenditure on humanitarian aid, development cooperation, cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe and sums allocated to poor countries by other departments. In June, the FDFA and the EAER will publish detailed information on the allocation of funds in the annual report on Switzerland's development cooperation in 2013.

Further information:

Swiss official development assistance and international comparison (SDC Internet site)
Press Release OECD/DAC of 8.4.2014

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