A club of countries known as the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) together gave US$ 147 billion in international aid in 2017, 0.6% less than in 2016. The figure includes money spent on refugees.
In percentage of GDP terms, the most generous nations were Sweden (1.01%), Luxembourg (1.00%), Norway (0.99%), Denmark (0.72%) and the UK (0.70%). They all met the United Nations objective of 0.7%.
Switzerland (0.46%) was eighth behind these five nations plus the Netherlands (0.66%) and Germany (0.60%). The United States (0.18%) was 21st.
Switzerland’s 0.46% of GDP put it comfortably above the DAC average of 0.31%.
With international aid spending of US$ 3.1 billion in 2017, Switzerland placed 11th for dollars spent. In 2016 the nation gave US$ 3.6 billion, 1.6% more. In 2017, it was the United States gave the greatest sum: US$ 35.3 billion.
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