Switzerland’s performance compared with other countries

Official development assistance (ODA) from member countries of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) totalled USD 178.9 billion in 2021, an increase of 4.4% in real terms over 2020. This increase is mostly due to DAC members’ support for activities to combat COVID-19, particularly in the form of vaccine donations to respond to global vaccine inequalities. If the costs for vaccines are excluded, ODA rose by 0.6% in real terms compared to 2020.

Update of 12 April 2022

Among the 29 DAC member countries, ODA in real terms rose in twenty-three countries (including Switzerland) and fell in six in 2021. Five countries (Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Denmark) have reached the United Nations’ ODA as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) target of 0.7%. The cumulative ODA from DAC countries as a share of GNI is 0.33%.

The Swiss ODA/GNI ratio reached 0.51% in 2021, up from 0.49% in 2020. This increase is explained by two supplementary credits, one for Switzerland's international cooperation response to the pandemic and the other for the crisis in Afghanistan. Not including asylum-related costs, Switzerland's ODA/GNI ratio was 0.46% in 2021 (0.45% in 2020).

Switzerland ranks 8th in the international ranking comparing the ODA/GNI ratio of all DAC member countries. The Swiss ratio is above the DAC-EU countries ratio (0.49% of their combined GNI). In absolute terms, the largest donors are the United States, Germany, Japan the United Kingdom and France. Switzerland ranks 11th in absolute numbers.