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Lokuta eyaka na ascenseur, kasi vérité eyei na escalier mpe ekomi. Lies come up in the elevator; the truth takes the stairs but gets here eventually. - Koffi Olomide

Ésthetique eboma vélo. Aesthetics will kill a bicycle. - Felix Wazekwa

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

How much $$$ is the Congo getting?

Further to a posting from a few days ago, I've tried to summarize the amount of donor aid going to the DR Congo.

In the budget proposal for 2010, the Congolese government is counting on $2,1 billion in donor aid from abroad, constituting around 48% of the budget. For the first time, their biggest donor is China:
  • China: $980 million
  • World Bank: $927 million
  • African Development Bank: $81 million
  • European Union: $69 million
  • Other bilateral donors: $41 million (more information on the Budget Ministry's website)
That is donor aid that is included in the official budget, which does not include aid going directly to humanitarian organizations or projects in the field.

For 2008, the total amount of humanitarian aid to the Congo was $646 million (more info at the Financial Tracking Service website.)

MONUC's budget for July 2009-June 2010 is $1,350 billion.

If we assume that humanitarian aid to the Congo stays at par for 2010 and that the donor promises to the Congo are kept, then the total amount of donor giving to the DRC is around $4 billion for 2010.


Harper said...

THANK YOU for summarizing this.

Ash said...

There's a fair bit of humanitarian aid to NGOs that doesn't appear on the FTS because it's not from one of the major institutional donors or just forgotten. Not sure that all the ICRC allocation to DRC gets on there, and probably not a lot of the church funding, for example. Also funding is sometimes not included on the FTS as an oversight, and it doesn't include development aid (although a large chunk is admittedly through budget support, that's not all of it), so I'd say your figures are if anything an underestimate, though maybe not by such a significant amount, I'm not sure.

Really great blog, btw, please keep it going.

Anonymous said...

Monuc's budget is $1,350.00 MILLION, not billion.

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