Netherlands: water escapes ODA cuts in 2012
Updated - Monday 05 December 2011
The Netherlands will increase overseas development aid (ODA) in the water sector next year despite an overall cut of € 958 million in ODA. Total spending for integrated water resources management (IWRM), water and sanitation in 2012 will amount to € 181 million, which is € 54 million more than in 2011. This represents an increase in the allocation for the water sector from 2.4% of ODA this year to 4.1 % in 2012 .
Next year € 86 million will go to bilateral water sector aid in 10 countries:
Bangladesh (€ 22.12 million); Mozambique (€ 17.20 million); Indonesia (€ 13.10 million); Benin: (€ 9.35 million); Yemen € 5.94 million) ; Mali (€ 5.50 million); Kenya (€ 4.45 million); Viet Nam (€ 4.02 million); Ethiopia (€ 4.00 million); Ghana (€ 0.25 million) .
For the coming years, The Netherlands has selected six water focus countries: Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and South Sudan .
The Netherlands has chosen water as one of its policy spearheads for development aid, together with food security, security and the legal order, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) (incl. HIV/AIDS) . The selection of water as one of the spearheads can be partly attributed to the successful lobby of the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP).
 Aan de slag met het nieuwe ontwikkelingsbeleid, Netherlands Government press release [in Dutch], 20 Sep 2011
 HGIS-nota 2012, Netherlands Government [in Dutch], 20 Sep 2011
 NWP - Water OS [in Dutch]
 Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Dutch development policy
Tags: africa, bangladesh, benin, bilaterals, development aid, east asia & pacific, indonesia, middle east & north africa, mozambique, netherlands, sanitation, south asia, water resources management, water supply
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