The development support of the Flemish government (Flemish ODA) in 2017 amounted to 50.2 million euro, which is approximately 5.4 million euro less compared to 2016. While expenditure from the budget for development cooperation increased by 3 million euro, expenditure from other departments decreased with 8.5 million euros.
In 2016, the Flemish ODA increased by 12.5 million euros; a contribution from the Environment Department to two international funds focusing on climate projects in developing countries. Since this was a one-off contribution, this increase in 2017 could not be repeated. The Department of Economy, Science and Innovation partially closed the gap by registering a record amount of 5.8 million euros. In 2017 the ODA reporting for this policy area was expanded with the Antwerp Zoo and the Botanic Garden of Meise, two institutions engaged in scientific research in and for developing countries.
The expenditure from the development cooperation budget represents 56% of the Flemish ODA in 2017. More than 99% of these credits were used for concrete projects and programs in the three Flemish partner countries (Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa). An analysis of the expenditures according sectors confirms that maximum use has been made of the mutually agreed focal sectors (respectively Healthcare, agriculture and SME development). By focusing on a limited number of sectors and a limited number of countries, Flemish development cooperation can realize a greater impact. It also leads to greater predictability of Flemish aid. In an announced report, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) praises this approach.
ODA report 2017