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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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The United Arab Emirates is currently focused on improving the effectiveness of its activities, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation co-ordinating the activities of all of the country’s providers.
KEY GOVERNMENT ENTITY ON DEVELOPMENT CO-OPERATION
The United Arab Emirates has become one of the largest providers of official development assistance (ODA), following the launch of its foreign assistance policy (2016-26). In 2020, the United Arab Emirates ranked among the largest development co-operation providers reporting data to the OECD in Official Development Assistance (ODA) as a share of gross national income (GNI). The United Arab Emirates provided almost USD 1.5 billion (preliminary data) of ODA in 2021, representing 0.4% of GNI. This represents a decrease of 24.1% in real terms in volume and a decrease in the share of GNI from 2020. In 2020, the United Arab Emirates ranked among the largest other official development co-operation providers in terms of GNI. Within the United Arab Emirates’ ODA portfolio in 2020, 95.7% was provided in the form of grants and 4.31% in the form of non-grants, such as standard loans.
Global Partnership monitoring trend
Click here for a snapshot of UAE'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.
In 2020, the United Arab Emirates’ bilateral ODA was primarily focused on Africa and the Middle East. Least developed countries received 65% of the United Arab Emirates’ gross bilateral ODA (over USD 1.2 billion). The United Arab Emirates’ ODA particularly focuses on supporting fragile countries and contexts: support to fragile contexts reached over USD 1.3 billion in 2020, representing 71.6% of the United Arab Emirates’ gross bilateral ODA. In 2020, half of the United Arab Emirates’ bilateral ODA was allocated to other sectors, mainly including general budget support and multi-sector aid.
Participant in the OECD Development Assistance Committee. Reporting to the OECD since 1970 and reporting activity-level data since 2010.