Other countries

Co-operation relations between Portugal and other countries

Current situation

Co-operation in Numbers

Official development assistance 2012 – 2016 - Other Countries

In addition to the geographical concentration in Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP) and Timor-Leste, Portugal develops co-operation activities in other developing countries – hereby referred to as 'Other Countries'. This analysis includes the distribution of ODA to this group of countries, excluding the five PALOP countries, Timor-Leste and regional groups.

Between 2012 and 2016, Portuguese ODA to 'Other Countries' averaged 29 M€, equivalent to 15% of the average bilateral ODA disbursed in that period. In 2016, aid for this group of countries stood at 28,5 M€, confirming the growing trend of the last 4 years.




The geographical distribution of bilateral aid for the 'Other Countries' group between 2012 and 2016 was mainly centered on Africa (51%), due largely to the weight of Morocco. Although the new political priorities for widening to other geographies had started in 2016, reinforcing the presence of Portuguese Cooperation in Senegal and Colombia, it is still not reflected in this average distribution.

The Asian continent was the destination of 34,3 % of ODA, as a result of the use of a concessional line of credit by China, of the humanitarian and emergency aid to refugees in Syria, and of the participation of Portuguese security forces in international peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan. Central and South America received 13,5% of the aid, mainly through cooperation with Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba (Education and Culture sectors), and Colombia (through the EU Trust Fund in support of Colombia's post-conflict peace building efforts). Developing countries in Europe benefited from 1,2% of bilateral ODA, with Kosovo (Portuguese participation in peacekeeping missions) and Turkey (Higher Education) being the main destinations.


Morocco continues to have a prominent position as the main beneficiary in the 'Other Countries' group, receiving, on average, 12 M€ between 2012 and 2016. It follows China (7 M€), Brazil (3 M€), and Syria (1,6 M€). The remaining countries are below the average of 1 M€.




Tópicos neste artigo:
Camões, I.P.
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