Gov’t donates US$380 mil. in int’l development aid


TAIPEI–Taiwan contributed US$380 million in official development assistance (ODA) in 2010, accounting for 0.1 percent of the country’s gross national income (GNI) for the year, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said yesterday.

“The figure means that US$0.1 out of every US$100 earned by our people during the year was donated toward international aid,” said Stanley Kao, director-general of the MOFA’s Department of Economic and Trade Affairs.

Kao said the ministry recently completed a 2010 ODA statistical report and delivered it to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in line with general international practice.

“It marks the first time we have reported our annual foreign aid data to the OECD,” Kao said, adding that the move highlights the professionalism and transparency of Taiwan’s ODA operations.

ODA is a term coined by the Paris-based OECD to measure aid to developing countries and territories. The ODA report comprises two major collections of data on the volume, origin and types of aid and the flow of resources to over 150 developing countries and territories.