- 2018 development and trade strategy: Investing in Global Partners Prospects: for the World, for the Netherlands
Development co-operation institutions:
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), in particular the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS), is responsible for development co-operation policy and for its co-ordination, implementation and funding.
The Netherlands provided USD 5.3 billion of ODA in 2021, representing 0.52% of GNI. This was a decrease of 7.2% in real terms in volume and a decrease in share of GNI from 2020. The Netherlands’ ODA levels have declined as a share of GNI since 2010 when it stood at 0.81%. While it has made efforts to stabilise the ODA budget but the Netherlands is not currently in line with its domestic and EU commitments to achieve a 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio by 2030. The Netherlands provided all of its ODA as grants in 2020.
The Netherlands ranked sixth among Development Assistance Committee (DAC) member countries in relation to its ODA/GNI ratio in 2021. Among DAC members in 2020, it had the highest share of interventions targeting gender equality as a principal objective (35.6%). In fragile contexts, the Netherlands allocated a high share of its bilateral ODA to interventions that focus on peace (22.7% in 2020). The Netherlands is also one of the largest providers of aid for trade. Almost all of Dutch ODA to countries covered by the DAC Recommendation on Untying ODA is untied (99.4% in 2020).
Global Partnership monitoring trend
Click here for a snapshot of the Netherland's results from the two most recent Global Partnership monitoring rounds (2018 and 2016). The Global Partnership monitoring process and framework have been revised, and the new round will take place from 2023 to 2026. This profile will be updated periodically as new data is generated by the monitoring exercise.
The 2020 OECD-DAC mid-term review praised the Netherlands’ international leadership on climate diplomacy, increases in climate finance, and reforms towards a less fragmented project portfolio. It also highlighted that the Netherlands strengthened the role of embassies, invested in human resources and uses long-term approaches to operationalise the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. The mid-term review highlighted challenges in stabilising ODA levels, encouraged greater public information on bilateral partnerships and consultation of civil society, notably across the trade portfolio. The Netherlands’ next peer review is planned for 2023.