Lithuanian Official Development Assistance 2004-2015 (mln. EUR):
Lithuania’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) amounted to €43.7 million in 2015 (0.12% of Gross National Income (GNI). Multilateral aid amounted to €35.4 million (81%) and bilateral aid to €8.3 million (19%). The largest share of Lithuania’s ODA, more than €24.61 million, was allocated to pay contributions to the European Development Fund and a part of contribution to the EU general budget, to implement the EU’s external policies. Bilateral aid was given to Eastern Partnership countries and other countries (Palestine, Afghanistan) included in the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of ODA recipient countries and territories.
In 2015, Lithuania allocated more than €0.6 million as humanitarian aid. Almost €0.4 million of funds were earmarked for Ukraine. Humanitarian aid was also allocated for refugees in Syria, Yemen, suffering from huge humanitarian crisis, the fight against Ebola as well as for victims of natural disasters in Nepal, Georgia, Malawi, and Ethiopia, also for voluntary contributions to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Lithuania joined the European Union in 2004 and committed to provide ODA. On 24th May 2005, in the Conclusions of the European Council, it was foreseen that member states which joined the EU after 2004 committed to allocate at least 0.33% of GNI, and countries which joined the EU before 2004 – 0.7% of GNI. Due to the fact that only five EU member states have implemented these commitments, on 26th May 2015, in the Conclusions of the European Council, the deadline for reaching commitments was extended until 2030.
ODA is support and humanitarian aid provided from state and municipal budgets to developing countries and territories which are included into the list drawn up by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. According to the statistics of the European Commission EU collective ODA increased by 15% and amounted €68 billion which represented 0.47% of EU Gross National Income (GNI) in 2015, an increase from 0.43% in 2014. EU is the world's leading aid donor. Lithuania provides data about the volume of ODA to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD each year.