Qatar's Development Co-operation


The latest foreign aid report published by Qatar covers 2013 (Government of Qatar, 2014). Based on that report, the OECD estimates that Qatar’s development co-operation amounted to USD 1.3 billion in 2013, up from USD 543 million in 2012. More recent estimates by the OECD suggest that Qatar channelled USD 72.7 million through multilateral organisations in 2015, mainly through the United Nations (90%) and the Islamic Development Bank (10%) (websites of multilateral organisations).

Qatar views development co-operation as an integral part of its foreign policy. The Office of the Minister’s Assistant for International Cooperation Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for development co-operation and humanitarian assistance, although most other ministries and governmental agencies can also work on development co-operation. The Qatar Development Fund is a public organisation established through Law 19 of 2002 mandated to co-ordinate and implement foreign development assistance on behalf of the state of Qatar.

In 2013, the main recipients of Qatari development co-operation were Syria, Morocco, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Egypt and Yemen. The main sectors were humanitarian aid, construction, and multi-sectoral and budget support.

Qatar became a Participant in the Development Assistance Committee in 2016.