Net ODA from OECD DAC countries stood at 0.3% of gross national income (GNI). Five countries met a longstanding UN recommendation for an ODA/GNI ratio
of 0.7%, with the UK in particular reaching that target for the first time after an increase of ODA by 27.8%.
Within bilateral net ODA, total grants rose 7.7% in real terms, though by 3.5% if excluding debt forgiveness grants. Non-grant aid (including equity acquisitions) rose by about 33% in real terms from 2012. Bilateral net ODA to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) rose by 12.3% in real terms to about $30 billion. However, bilateral aid to sub-Saharan Africa was $26.2 billion, a decrease of 4% in real terms from 2012. While global aid levels could increase again in 2014, a trend of a falling share of aid going to the neediest sub-Saharan African countries looks likely to continue.
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