OECD - Paris, 30 November 2006
OECD Review of Greek Development Assistance Programmes
The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee commends both the Greek government’s move to strengthen its aid policies and development co-operation system and its humanitarian assistance to victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The Review stresses, however, that Greece faces major challenges if it hopes to deliver high quality aid while increasing the volume to its European Union commitment of 0.51% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2010.
At USD 321 million in 2004, accounting for 0.16% of its Gross National Income, the volume of Greece’s aid has increased since 2000 but is still below the objective it set when joining the DAC in 1999. In addition to its official development assistance aid programme, Greece has allocated significant funding, amounting to 0.07% of its GNI in 2004, to provide education and health services to large numbers of migrants from the neighboring region, particularly Albania.
The Development Assistance Committee made several recommendations to assist Greece’s efforts to further develop its strategic approach to development and to include new ways to deliver aid. To do this, the Committee suggested that Greece draws on the political leadership and the public support it presently enjoys to shape and promote its development aid programme.
The Development Assistance Committee, which groups major aid donors that are members of the OECD, issued its Main Findings and Recommendations(www.oecd.org/dac/peerreviews/greece) on Greece as part of a series of examinations of member aid policies and programmes. The Peer Review, led by New Zealand and Luxembourg, took place on 22 November 2006. The Greek Delegation attending the review meeting was headed by Mr. Evripidis Stylianidis, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For further information, journalists are invited to contact Helen Fisher at the OECD's Media Division (tel.  1 45 24 80 97).