Italy’s ODA in the DEF update note


Let’s start with some good news. The recent Update note of the Def, Document of economics and finance, establishes that for the three-year period 2019-2021 the spending targets for ODA, official development aid, are: 0.33% of GNI in 2019, 0.36 % in 2020 and 0.40% in 2021. However, there are some uncertainties regarding the non-validation by the Parliamentary Budget Office of the macroeconomic framework of the Note, which has already been criticized by the Bank of Italy, the Court of Auditors and international institutions . And new problems could then arise due to possible inappropriate overlapping of ministerial competences, which development cooperation certainly does not need.