OECD Report 2019 – Aid for Civil Societies Organisations

Statistics based on DAC Members’ reporting to the Creditor Reporting System database (CRS)

According to the Report, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are playing a major role in the framework of sustainable development, namely for improving economic, social and political conditions in developing countries. An activity is characterized as aid to CSOs when the core contributions and pooled programmes and funds are programmed by the CSOs and include contributions to finance the CSOs projects. An activity is characterized as aid through CSOs when funds are channelled through CSOs and other private bodies to implement donor-initated projects. While the DAC Creditor Reporting System (CRS) uses the term non-governmental organisation (NGO), it can be used synonymously with the term civil society organisation (CSO).

In 2017, DAC countries channelled nearly USD 20 billion to (3 billion) and through (17 billion) CSOs, which represented 15% of their bilateral ODA.

Composition by sector of intervention:
Social infrastructure and services: 48%
Economic infrastructures and services: 2%
Production: 13%
Humanitarian assistance: 30%
Refugees in Donor Countries: 2%
Unspecified: 5%

Top ten sub-sectors of intervention for bilateral ODA channelled through CSOs:
Emergency and response
Government and Civil Society
Population policies and Reproductive health
Agriculture Forestry and Fishing
Food Aid
General Environment Protection
Refugees in Donor Countries

In 2017, Greece channelled 55 thousands USD to CSOs (Annual Voluntary Contribution to International Committee of the Red Cross). No ODA through CSOs has been reported.
The full report: https://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-topics/Aid-for-CSOs-2019.pdf

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