While international development aid reached a new global peak of $142.6 billion US in 2016, Canada’s contribution to the pie has actually shrunk under the Trudeau government, according to a new report.
Canada’s official development assistance, which stood at $3.9 billion US in 2016, was down by 4.4 per cent compared to the previous year and accounted for about 0.26 per cent of the country’s gross national income (GNI), according to official data collected in a report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
That’s well below the 0.32 average for the 29 Development Assistance Committee (DAC) countries and the 0.7 per cent target established by a 1970 resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, said Fraser Reilly-King, senior analyst at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC).
In fact only six OECD countries — Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden and U.K. — met or exceeded the 0.7 target last year.
Canada is one of seven DAC countries that has seen a decline in its development assistance, Fraser Reilly-King said.
Canada’s official development assistance (ODA) funds projects ranging from emergency aid, to helping the victims of humanitarian disasters around the world, to supporting countries like Jordan and Lebanon that are dealing with huge refugee influxes, to key programs on nutrition, health, education, water sanitation and hygiene, Reilly-King said.
“The new numbers have both a good news story and a bad news story,” he said.
On the one hand, official development assistance from the 29 DAC countries, the most prosperous OECD member countries, increased from $131 billion US in 2015 to nearly $142 billion in 2016 — an increase of 8.9 per cent after adjusting for exchange rates and inflation.
Measured in real terms, international development assistance has doubled since 2000, according to OECD numbers.
On the other hand, despite their rhetoric of increasing foreign…