Thursday, January 20, 2011

Foreign Aid in Nepal–Donors & Amount

Foreign Aid in Nepal (total, million, current US$)

BA, OA, and ODA

1960-2008

1992-1999

2000-2008

Net bilateral flows

7582

2002

3116

Net ODA and Official Aid received

11732

3205

4289

Net ODA per capita (current US$)

561

147

160

GDP

159823

34859

70847

Net bilateral flows (% of GDP)

4.74

5.74

4.40

Net ODA (% of GDP)

7.34

9.19

6.05

Top bilateral donors (1960-2008):

  • Japan has been the largest bilateral donor so far (1960-2008): US$ 2059 million
  • Followed by the UK (1960-2008): US$ 1033 million
  • Followed by Germany and the US (1960-2008): US$ 974 million and US$ 940 million
  • Other top donors are European nations; the Scandinavian countries are very generous
  • In this decade (2000-2008), top donors have jacked up bilateral assistance.

Average annual bilateral flows have been increasing. On average (annual), it was US$ 346 million between 2000 and 2008. The average annual net ODA flows during the same period was US$ 477 million.

Net ODA per capita (current US$) has been US$ 561 between 1960 and 2008, and US$ 147 over 1992-1999, and US$ 160 over 2000-2008.

  • Net bilateral flows between 1990 and 2008 have been 4.74 % of GDP.
  • Net bilateral flows between 2000 and 2008 have been 4.40 % of GDP.
  • Net ODA between 2000 and 2008 have been 6.05 % of GDP.

Question: What has been the impact of this much of assistance so far on economic growth, enhancement of livelihoods, industrial development, poverty reduction, health, education, migration, conflict, governance, inclusion, and the slew sectors with development interventions? My earlier views on donors’ development strategy paper here, and a critical look at the aid industry in Nepal here. Fyi, the data is sourced from WDI website.

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