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This note contains statistics on Official Development Assistance (ODA) for water supply and sanitation. It presents the key findings of the publication “CRS Aid activities in support of water supply and sanitation, 2001-2006” (OECD/WWC 2008) with updated figures for 2007.

TitleMeasuring aid to water supply and sanitation
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsOECD Development Assistance Committee -Paris, FR, OECD-DAC
Pagination8 p.; ill.; 2 tab.; 1 box; 7 charts
Date Published2009-02-01
Place PublishedParis, France
Keywordscountry profiles, development aid, policies, statistics

Aid for water supply and sanitation has risen since 2001 after a temporary decline in the second part of the 1990s. In 2006-2007, DAC members’ bilateral annual aid commitments to the water supply and sanitation sector rose to USD 4.7 billion, double the 2002-2003 figure in real terms. Taking into account multilateral agencies’ outflows, the total was USD 6.2 billion. Over the period 2002-2007, bilateral aid to water increased at an average annual rate of 19%. Multilateral aid also rose swiftly over the period 2002-2007 (11% annually). The share of aid to water supply and sanitation in total aid (sector-allocable aid) is an indication of the extent to which donors’ aid programmes focus on water issues. For DAC countries, the share has increased over the period 2002-2007, rising from 5% in 2002-2003 to 7% in 2006-2007. This illustrates renewed emphasis on the water sector in members’ aid programmes. [authors abstract]

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