15 May 2019
According to 2018 data from 30 member countries of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), Official Development Assistance (ODA) fell by 2.7% from 2017. However, ODA remains a crucial pillar of development finance, particularly in the Sahel and West Africa. In 2017, the 17 Sahel and West African countries received a total of USD 13.9 billion, representing 9.5% of total ODA. However, the aggregated ODA 2018 preliminary figures highlight a worrying trend: less aid was provided to the countries that need it most, particularly in Africa. Bilateral aid to least developed countries fell by 3% in real terms; aid to Africa fell by 4% and humanitarian aid fell by 8%.