Financing development cooperation
In 2014, the government will invest €3.7 billion in development cooperation. This money will be spent on direct support to poor countries, and to companies and organisations such as the United Nations and the World Bank.
Cuts to development cooperation
In the past few years, the first and second Rutte governments have cut spending on development cooperation. The development budget has also dropped due to downward movement in the gross national product (GNP).
The first Rutte government cut the development budget from 0.8% to 0.7% of GNP.
The second Rutte government is cutting the budget by €750 million a year from 2014, and plans to spend €1 billion a year less on development cooperation as of 2017. These cuts are additional to those made by the first Rutte government.
Cuts to the development budget totalled €869 million in 2012:
- €609 million due to the cut from 0.8% to 0.7% of GNP.
- €260 million because more items were included in the development budget (e.g. spending on climate and the EU).
Results of development cooperation
The government wants taxpayers and the House of Representatives to know how the development budget is being spent. Every year, therefore, the embassies and the policy theme departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issue an overview of the results achieved. This forms the basis for a letter to the House of Representatives setting out progress on the priority themes of development cooperation policy.