A review of official development assistance to end violence against children
Robert Tew | Development Initiatives (DI) | 2017
"For the first time in history, we have estimated how much was invested over the course of a year through ODA into ending violence against children.
This report is the result of a detailed study of the ODA data available through the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
This report estimates that in 2015, US$238 million was spent on projects that fully address violence against children - just over 0.1% of total gross ODA. A further US$837 million - 0.5% of total gross ODA - went to projects only partially addressing violence against children.
The total ODA spending for 2015 was US$174 billion. Of that, less than 0.6% was allocated to ending violence against children. The 107 recipient countries had 1.66 billion children living in them in the reference year, yielding an average estimate investment of less than US$0.65 per child in a year.
While no globally agreed benchmarks for investments in ending violence against children exist, this amount of less than US$0.65 appears small if compared with the average net ODA of US$53 received per capita in low-income countries (world average around US$21).
Eighty per cent of spending on ending violence against children was concentrated among six donors. (...)
Although total spending on ending violence against children goes to countries in all regions of the world, 50% of all ODA to end violence against children goes to two geographic regions: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. (...)"