Dear EU Donor Atlas User,
When I clicked my way through the new EU Donor Atlas for the first time, it struck me
once again how broad and far-reaching our combined European and national efforts are
in working towards sustainable development. The European Union's external action has
development policy at its heart. The Lisbon Treaty confirmed achieving the Millennium
Development Goals and poverty eradication as the main development policy objectives. The
EU is collectively the biggest donor in the world, spending a €54 billion every year on helping
the most vulnerable people on the planet and advancing development in more than 150
countries in the world.
However, impressive spending is no sufficient proof of success: increasing aid and
improving its quality go hand in hand. It is critically important to know how our aid is delivered
and what its impact is. In the EU, we pool our efforts and coordinate our programmes. If we
manage to work together better, avoid duplication in our efforts and learn from each other's
mistakes and achievements, then we will be able to address the needs of people even more
efficiently. Our aim is not only to improve the impact of what we do, but also to show our own
citizens that we are investing taxpayers' money in high impact projects to help developing
countries reach green growth which benefits all. European citizens rightly demand
transparency and accountability in the disbursement of our aid. An important element of
accountability is access to information. And the EU Donor Atlas is an indispensable key in
this, unlocking even more doors to information about our aid, and making this information
I am happy to present to you the new EU Donor Atlas, which provides an easy way to
analyse aid figures. If you are a stakeholder, journalist, or researcher, or simply an interested
citizen who wants to know how development aid is spent: I hope that you will find this tool
useful and easy to navigate.
European Commissioner for Development
The world's leading donor
The European Union is the world's leading donor working with partner countries across the globe. You can explore here overall EU aid trends, and EU aid by region, sector, theme and channel.
Financing for Development
Financing for development aims to create a favourable environment for development by addressing the responsibilities of both developing countries and the global community. The UN Doha Follow-up Conference on Financing for Development in 2008 reiterated that sustainable development depends on mobilising financial resources for development and using them effectively. It also recognised that each country bears primary responsibility for its own development and that national policies, domestic resources and national development strategies are essential. More details on the EU progress on its various Financing for Development commitments are available here
The European Union (EU) joined world leaders at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 with the aim "to free fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising condition of extreme poverty". Leaders of 189 countries committed their nations to a new global partnership, focused on eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce extreme poverty with a deadline of 2015 by setting out a series of time-bound targets.
Fragile situations require more efforts and interventions and a combination of tools and instruments going beyond the traditional ODA scope of action, particularly in times of crisis. Security and development are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. No sustainable development is possible in a country threatened by internal insecurity, crisis and conflicts. At the same time, there cannot be sustainable peace without development. Moreover, insecurity, crisis and conflicts can impede the efficient use of aid.
Investing in Human Capital
The EU promotes access to quality basic education for all children, youth and adults. This global commitment was agreed upon through the international Education for All movement. In line with this, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of universal primary education and gender equality in education is a key priority of the EU development policy. In addition, specific focus lies on quality issues, vocational training and addressing inequalities.
Ill health is both a cause and effect of poverty. In a vicious cycle, poverty generates ill health, and poor health, in turn, brings more poverty. The EU, in order to improve the health conditions in developing countries, is taking action in health care as well as in other sectors like nutrition, water & sanitation, information & education for healthier behaviour.
The EU Donor Atlas offers easy access to a wide array of development statistics, mostly from OECD DAC and the World Bank's World Development Indicators, covering both needs and financial resources.
The objective of the EU Donor Atlas is to provide a detailed mapping of EU donor activities to facilitate planning and programming; assist partner countries in strengthening their capacity to exercise leadership in development; and increase ODA transparency by providing easy to access and understand data to the general public.
You can explore the Atlas by selecting the topic you are interested in from the menu above and then drill down to customize your search.