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Development Co-operation Report 2012

Lessons in Linking Sustainability and Development

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The Development Co-operation Report is the key annual reference document for statistics and analysis on trends in international aid. This year, the Development Co-operation Report 2012 seeks to provide insights into how to address today’s sustainable development challenges, with a focus on inclusiveness and good governance to ensure that our finite resources are equitably distributed, now and in the future.

Sharing finite resources among a growing number people – and consumers – is a critical challenge. It is in this spirit that J. Brian Atwood, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), invited several intellectual leaders on the challenges of inclusive, sustainable development to contribute to this year’s report.

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Finland

In 2011, Finland’s net ODA amounted to USD 1.41 billion. In nominal terms, this figure represents an increase of 3% from 2010, although in real terms Finland’s ODA has dropped by 4%. As for several other DAC members, this is the first decrease after many years of ODA growth. Finnish ODA grew quickly between 2008 and 2009 – at an average annual rate of 12% in real terms – but started to slow down in 2010. The ODA growth rate is expected to reach zero in 2013-14 as ODA for those years will be frozen at the nominal 2012 level.

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