Public development financing
Alliance Sud favours higher development spending by Switzerland's and the strictest possible definition of it. The now 50-year-old funding target of 0.7% of gross national income should at last be met, without including asylum costs.
What it is about
In 1969, the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD/DAC) introduced Official Development Assistance (ODA) as the internationally recognised benchmark for official development finance. Since then, the "ODA ratio" has been the yardstick with which to verify the volume and quality of the funds provided. It forms the basis for gauging whether donor countries are honouring their promises. Yet many stakeholders, Alliance Sud among them, are critical of OECD member countries for resorting to dubious and creative accounting practices to artificially inflate their reported development funding.
Alliance Sud is campaigning for Switzerland finally to meet the UN target of 0.7% of gross national income adopted over 50 years ago, without including expenditure that remains in the country, such as asylum costs. It is also striving for the adoption of the strictest possible definition of development spending by the OECD.