International relations: The Grand Duchy donates the highest proportion of its national earnings to development assistance, according to new OECD data.
The Grand Duchy has surpassed Sweden as the world’s most benevolent aid donor, new figures from an intergovernmental think-tank have shown.
In 2012, 1% of Luxembourg’s gross national income went to official development assistance, up from 0.97% in 2011, according to the OECD. Sweden’s rate dropped from 1.02% to 0.97% in 2012.
The 2012 top five were rounded out by Norway (0.93% of GNI), Denmark (0.83%) and the Netherlands (0.71%).
The UK had the sixth highest proportion (0.56%) dedicated to development aid. Belgium and Switzerland donated 0.47%, while France donated 0.45%, Germany gave 0.37%, the US contributed 0.19% and Japan provided 0.17% of GNI.
America gives largest overall amount
However, when looking a total dollar amounts, the US topped the OECD tables, contributing $30.8 billion in 2012, followed by the UK ($13.9 billion). The top five were rounded out by Germany ($12.9 billion), France ($12 billion) and Japan ($10.6 billion).
The Netherlands and Sweden each donated $5.5 billion, while Norway gave $4.6 billion. EU institutions contributed $17.5 billion, the OECD said.
The Grand Duchy donated $399 million in ODA last year, down from $409 million in 2011. The top recipient countries were Mali, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde.
Luxembourg committed to donate 1% of its GNI in 2009.
The OECD data covered 27 top donor countries and was updated at the end of last year.