Spain Donor Profile

Last updated: March 2017.


the big six

How will Spain’s ODA develop?

  • Spain’s ODA is expected to increase as the economy recovers. The Congress’ Development Committee approved a resolution in November 2016 for Spain’s ODA to reach 0.40% of its GNI by 2020.
  • Spain is likely to increase its use of ODA loans and equity investments in coming years. This is related to Spain’s strong focus on middle-income countries (MICs), with which it currently seeks to establish new models of development cooperation.

What will Spain’s ODA focus on?

  • To increase the effectiveness of its development assistance, Spain reduced its number of priority countries from 50 in 2013 to 23 by the end of 2016; almost all of the 23 priority countries are located in three regions: Latin America (12), sub-Saharan Africa (6) and the Middle East and North Africa region (4).
  • Funding to sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow as Spain will move away from financing Latin America and middle-income countries (MICs), thereby freeing up resources in the form of new grants multilateral funding arrangements.
  • Spain has developed strong capacities to cooperate with MICs: it is focusing on innovative development modalities (e.g., triangular partnerships, blended finance) to adapt to its traditional partner countries’ needs. This focus on MICs is also driven by the will to align Spain’s foreign policy, including ODA, with its economic interests.

What are key opportunities for shaping Spain’s development policy?

  • Under Spain’s current minority government, Parliament is now in a key, strategic position to influence the government’s decision-making and the budget, including for ODA. Given Parliament’s demonstrated commitment to ODA, this represents an opportunity to advocate to members of Parliament for increased ODA funding and influence allocations.
  • The new government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, in place since November 2016, has led to a change in political leadership at Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC). This may also lead to shifts in priorities, and provides an opportunity to shape Spain’s development cooperation going forward.
  • New Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation 2017-2020 is currently being drafted by MAEC and will outline strategic development and financing priorities for the coming years.





  • Spain’s foreign minister meets with development NGOs

    In his first meeting with the Spanish development NGO umbrella organization, CONGDE, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, affirmed his commitment to continue to increase Spain’s ODA. He underlined development NGOs as one of the most relevant players in shaping Spain’s development policy, and called for stronger dialogue during the revision process of the Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation 2017-2020. CONGDE representatives responded by highlighting the need to develop a strategic framework to harmonize the relationship between the Spanish government and development NGOs.

    Press release - MAEC
    Press release - CONGDE

  • Spain boosts support for youth employment in Western Africa

    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Spanish government have launched a new joint-development program to foster youth employment in Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, and Cape Verde. The pilot project is aimed at strengthening national plans on youth employment in Western Africa, and begins with an initial budget of €120,000. It will be implemented by the Spanish development agency, AECID, and the Spanish government’s Foundation for International and Ibero-American Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), in collaboration with ECOWAS’ member states.

    Press release - MAEC

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