Official Development Assistance (ODA)

  • Flemish official development assistance amounts to more than 51 million euros

    In 2019, the official development assistance of the Flemish government amounted to 51.63 million euros. The Flemish official development assistance or ODA rose from just over 32 million euros in 2006 to nearly 56 million euros in 2013. In the following years, the ODA remained more or less stable. Between 2016 and 2018, the ODA fell again to just below 48 million euros.

  • 37% of the Flemish official development assistance goes to Southern Africa

    The Flemish government’s development assistance is highly focused on Southern Africa. In 2019, approximately 37% of the ODA went to countries in this region. All 3 of the Flemish government’s official partner countries - Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa – are part of this region.

  • Over 30% of aid focuses on population and health

    The largest portion of the Flemish ODA is focused on a limited number of sectors. In 2019, health, population and reproductive health was the main sector within the Flemish official development assistance (31%). 17% of the Flemish ODA went to agriculture, fisheries and food aid. Approximately 14% was directed towards environmental protection and energy.

  • Share of Flemish government in total Belgian ODA between 2% and 3%

    In 2018, the Flemish government’s official development assistance was around 48 million euros, which corresponds to 2.4% of the total Belgian ODA. Since 2006, this percentage has fluctuated between 2% and 3%.


Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs: Database Flemish official development assistance (ODA) 


Official Development Assistance (ODA): the sum total of the expenditures which comply with the international criteria for development cooperation. 

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15 April 2020

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April 2021

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