Top Aid Government Donors and Recipients

AlertNet is a humanitarian news service, free by the way, that covers crises worldwide. They have some great new data on aid – specifically which governments are giving what and who the recipient governments are.

Top government donors:

  • U.S. – $4.6 billion
  • EU institutions – $1.7 billion
  • UK – $1.1 billion
  • Japan – $812 million
  • Sweden – $715 million
  • Germany – $685 million
  • Norway – $472 million
  • Canada – $464 million
  • Australia – $439 million
  • Spain­­ – $408 million

Top recipient countries:

  • Somalia – $1.14 billion
  • Sudan – $858 million
  • Ethiopia – $762 million
  • Afghanistan – $687 million
  • Kenya – $550 million
  • Pakistan – $460 million
  • Haiti – $459 million
  • Democratic Republic of Congo – $431 million
  • Palestine/Occupied Palestinian Territories – $405 million
  • Chad – $335 million


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2 responses to “Top Aid Government Donors and Recipients

  1. From the list one needs no further persuasion to conclude that the aids have not in any meaningful way helped in altering the progressive descent of the recipient countries into the grips of underdevelopment. Of course one would need further information on the purpose of the aids to finally conclude as to whether they have actually been of any use to the recipient countries. From the Nigerian experience some of the aids ended up in the dumping of obsolete equipments and establishment of unnecessary and unproductive ventures and structures that were really not meant to add value to genuine efforts at development of the societies and economies of the recipient nations.

    • My thoughts exactly, Chollom. Although this was just in one given year. A more interesting stat would be aid over time govt/recipient. I thought Kenya was an interesting addition. The mobile money revolution has taken off there in a big way and is transforming banking and simple saving for millions. Roughly half the list are probably among the 15 poorest countries in the world, but the other half probably receieved significant aid perhaps due to projects/initiatives that according to gov’t donors have some potential to shape and develop their respective populations in a scalable, tangible way. Thanks for the comment, Peter

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