Donor government spending on development rose nearly 9 percent from 2015 to 2016 according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development or OECD figures released this week.
However, what looked like good news for developing countries, turns out to be mostly the result of donor nations counting domestic funds spent on refugees in their countries as part of their development assistance.
IRIN News Service says the EU states that absorbed large numbers of asylum seekers are the main culprits. Germany, Italy, Austria and Greece all spent more than 20 percent of their development assistance funds on refugee costs at home.
Oxfam’s deputy director of advocacy and campaigns, Natalia Alonso said, “All countries are obliged to help refugees at their borders, but they must stop pretending that the costs of doing this are ‘aid’ to fight poverty and promote development overseas.”