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Development policy:

Development co-operation institutions:

Portugal describes its development co-operation system as “decentralised”, reflecting the engagement of many ministries, public and non-governmental institutions. The development co-operation agency Camões I.P. (also responsible for language and culture promotion) is responsible for the overall co-ordination of Portuguese co-operation. 




Portugal provided USD 449.7 million of ODA in 2021, representing 0.18% of GNI. This was an increase of 4.0% in real terms in volume, while the share of GNI remained unchanged from 2020. Following a decline from 0.31% in 2011 to 0.16% in 2015, ODA as a share of GNI has remained stable, albeit at low levels. Portugal is not in line with its domestic and EU commitments to achieve a 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio by 2030. Within Portugal’s ODA portfolio in 2020, 85.8% was provided in the form of grants and 14.2% in the form of non-grants.  

Portugal’s ODA/GNI ratio ranked 23rd among Development Assistance Committee (DAC) member countries in 2020. In line with its policy, ODA allocations are highly concentrated in Portuguese-speaking countries, notably in Africa. Among DAC countries, Portugal had the highest share of bilateral ODA allocated to least developed countries (LDCs) in 2020 (54.4%), and high shares to fragile contexts (44.3%) and small island developing states (SIDS) (27.9%). Untied bilateral ODA is still significantly below the DAC country average. 



Global Partnership monitoring trend

Click here for a snapshot of Portugal's results from the two most recent Global Partnership monitoring rounds (2018 and 2016). The Global Partnership monitoring process and framework have been revised, and the new round will take place from 2023 to 2026. This profile will be updated periodically as new data is generated by the monitoring exercise.Use of monitoring results

Use of monitoring results

  • Data from the last monitoring round (2018) was used in Portugal's 2022 peer review. 

DAC Performance and Trends - 2019 GPEDC Progress Report



The 2022 OECD-DAC peer review praised Portugal for mobilising its whole-of-government expertise and its strong focus on partner country ownership. It also highlighted its effective international advocacy, notably on triangular co-operation and during its presidency of the Council of the European Union. The review found that Portugal can make more out of its system of numerous stakeholders. It recommended improving co-ordination across government, pulling bilateral efforts together, focusing more on outcomes and taking action to increase ODA.   

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