Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Commitments to recipient countries, by
purpose of Official Development Assistance (ODA)

The interactive graph shows that, for most countries, ODA for health has substantially increased since the Millennium Declaration. It also shows that in many countries the increase of ODA for health has been mostly due to increased funding for HIV, TB, Malaria and other transmissible disease (MDG6). In 2010, 32 countries had more than two thirds of their ODA committed for MDG6.

This interactive graph is based on data from the Creditor Reporting System (CRS) database maintained by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Statistics Department. The interactive graph covers 119 WHO Member States.

A commitment is a firm written obligation by a government or official agency, backed by the appropriation or availability of the necessary funds, to provide resources of a specified amount under specified financial terms and conditions and for specified development purposes. A disbursement is the release of funds to, or the purchase of goods or services for a recipient; by extension, the amount thus spent. Disbursements record the actual international transfer of financial resources, or of goods or services valued at the cost to the donor (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Commitments and disbursements are presented in constant 2009 US$ to ensure comparability over years.

Disbursements to each country are presented according to their policy purposes. Policy purposes used in this WHO analysis are based on the original CRS statistical purpose codes but have been aggregated to reflect, as far as possible, global health development benchmarks (i.e. MDG6 and Reproductive health and family planning). Disbursements reported are all country programmable (Country Programmable Aid), as opposed to other health ODA, which may be disbursed at country level but has not been allocated unequivocally to any one specific country.


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