Official Development Assistance (ODA)

  • Flemish official development assistance amounts to nearly 48 million euro

    In 2018, the official development assistance of the Flemish government amounted to 47.85 million euro. The Flemish official development assistance or ODA rose from just over 32 million euro in 2006 to nearly 56 million euro in 2013. In the years that followed, the ODA remained more or less constant. Between 2016 and 2018, the ODA fell again to just below 48 million euro. 

  • Well over one third of the Flemish official development assistance goes to Southern Africa

    The Flemish government’s development assistance is highly focused on Southern Africa. Approximately 36% of the ODA in 2018 went to the countries in this region. All 3 of the Flemish government’s official partner countries - Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa – are in this region. 

  • One third of aid focuses on population and health

    The largest portion of the Flemish official development assistance is focused on a limited number of sectors. In 2018, health, population and reproductive health was the main sector within the Flemish official development assistance (32%). 12% of the Flemish ODA went to agriculture, fisheries and food aid. Around 10% of the Flemish official development assistance goes to education. 

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

    In 2017, the Flemish government’s official development assistance was around 50 million euro, which corresponds to 2.6% 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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1 April 2019

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