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Countries like France, UK, Belgium, Spain and Portugal were until the middle of 20th century largest colonial empires. Nowadays, they spend their Official Development Assistance in the countries which were their colonies.

ODA is provided by official agencies, including state and local governments, or by their objective agencies having as main aim the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries. Its boundaries include fields like: Military Aid, Peacekeeping, Nuclear Energy, Cultural Programmes.

French ODA is given to Morocco, China, Vietnam, Cote d'Ivoire, Colombia, Senegal and Kenya. Of those, only China, Colombia and Kenya were not French colonies.

, Ethiopia, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Tanzania are receiving ODA from United Kingdom. Only Afghanistan and Ethiopia were not British colonies.

Former Belgian colonies like Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and countries like the Palestinian territories, Mali, Mozambique and Vietnam are receiving Belgian ODA.

Former Spanish colonies represented by Peru, Morocco, Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Bolivia are beneficiaries of Spanish ODA.

Portuguese ODA's
beneficiaries are all Portuguese former colonies: Cabo Verde, Mozambique, Angola, East Timor, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau and Brazil

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