Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Donor disbursements, by purpose of Official Development Assistance (ODA)

The interactive graph shows that, for most donors, commitments to ODA for health have increased since the Millennium Declaration. Notably, the largest donor – the USA – from 2002 to 2010 increased its ODA disbursements for health almost four times and in 2010 contributed to around 55% of all disbursements to health by bilateral donors.

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 bilateral OECD/DAC donors.

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). Disbursements are presented in constant 2009 US$ to ensure comparability over years.

Disbursements 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; Reproductive health and family planning).

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