Financing for sustainable development

Country programmable aid (CPA)


Country programmable aid (CPA) is the portion of aid that providers can programme for individual countries or regions, and over which partner countries could have a significant say. Developed in 2007, CPA is a closer proxy of aid that goes to partner countries than the concept of official development assistance (ODA)


CPA reflects the amount of aid that is subjected to multi-year planning at country/regional level, and is defined through exclusions, by subtracting from total gross bilateral ODA that is:

  • unpredictable by nature (humanitarian aid and debt relief);
  • entails no cross-border flows (administrative costs, imputed student costs, promotion of development awareness,and research and refugees in donor countries);
  • does not form part of co-operation agreements between governments (food aid and aid from local governments);
  • is not country programmable by the donor (core funding of NGOs).


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