On 10–11 January 2019, representatives from the Development Cooperation Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) were on a working visit in Riga to provide support for the officials of Latvia’s public administration institutions in advancing their knowledge on the statistics of official development assistance and the process of reporting it to the OECD.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports to the OECD annually on the amount of the development assistance provided. Other public administration institutions and the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments are involved in the process of compiling information; they inform the ministry about development cooperation activities they have implemented and about contributions made to multilateral organisations.
At the seminar, the staff of line ministries and their subordinate institutions were introduced to the eligibility criteria of the OECD official development assistance and the process of compiling and validating statistics. Special attention was devoted to reporting in the areas such as migration and border management, peacekeeping and security, and calculating the costs of receiving refugees and asylum seekers, which pursuant to OECD guidelines is to be regarded as official development assistance provided by Latvia.
In 2017, Latvia’s official development assistance amounted to USD 32 million or 0.11% of its gross national income (GNI), the largest part of which consists of contributions to the EU budget and the European Development Fund, the UN and the World Bank group, and other multilateral organisations, funds or mechanisms. In accordance with the Development Cooperation Policy Guidelines for 2016–2020, Latvia aims at gradually increasing its official development assistance to 0.17% of GNI in 2020 and aspiring to reach the 0.33% of GNI target by 2030.
The training was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the aim of achieving the compliance of Latvia’s ODP reporting practices with international standards. The visit by OECD experts and the seminar are part of the Latvia-OECD cooperation roadmap on development cooperation policy for 2018–2020.
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