Public sector
Development aid from DAC countries as a percentage of GNI reduced. UN aid target of 0.7 per cent of GNI not reached. Norwegian aid is decreasing.

Foreign aid expenditure in OECD countries (discontinued)2014


About the statistics


Name and topic

Name: Foreign aid expenditure in OECD countries (discontinued)
Topic: Public sector

Responsible division

Division for Public Finance

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Expenditures on development aid in percentage of the Gross National Product: The internationally used indicator for the level of foreign aid in relation to a country's level of prosperity.

Standard classifications

Based on the DAC Reporting System, wich is an international standard for classification of development aid prepared by the OECD's Development Assistance Committee.

Administrative information

Regional level

National level only.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

The figures are first publiced by OECD on their homepage http://www.oecd.org/development/ .


Not relevant


Background and purpose

The purpose is to offer the public easy access to figures for the OECD countries' expenditures on development aid that are comparable over time and between the OECD countries.

Users and applications

Other important users are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Directorate for Developing Aid (NORAD), research institutes and mass media.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 10 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

None. The DAC standard for classification of development aid differs from the National Accounts' and the balance of payments' standards.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act, § 2-2.

EEA reference

Not relevant



The population comprises all official development aid (ODA) as defined by the OECD.

Data sources and sampling

Data are taken from www.oecd.ord/development and will also be publiced by OECD in the annual OECD publication The DAC Journal "Development Co-operation Report". The Directorate for Foreign Aid (NORAD) reports the Norwegian figures to the OECD.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Not relevant

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

Important breaks in the time series are noted in the OECD publication "Development Co-operation Report".

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Not relevant


Not relevant