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Development Co-operation Report 2017

Data for Development

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Published on October 17, 2017

Also available in: French


The 2017 volume of the  Development Co-operation Report focuses on Data for Development. “Big Data” and “the Internet of Things” are more than buzzwords: the data revolution is transforming the way that economies and societies are functioning across the planet. The Sustainable Development Goals along with the data revolution are opportunities that should not be missed: more and better data can help boost inclusive growth, fight inequalities and combat climate change. These data are also essential to measure and monitor progress against the Sustainable Development Goals.

The value of data in enabling development is uncontested. Yet, there continue to be worrying gaps in basic data about people and the planet and weak capacity in developing countries to produce the data that policy makers need to deliver reforms and policies that achieve real, visible and long-lasting development results. At the same time, investing in building statistical capacity – which represented about 0.30% of ODA in 2015 – is not a priority for most providers of development assistance.

There is a need for stronger political leadership, greater investment and more collective action to bridge the data divide for development. With the unfolding data revolution, developing countries and donors have a unique chance to act now to boost data production and use for the benefit of citizens. This report sets out priority actions and good practices that will help policy makers and providers of development assistance to bridge the global data divide, notably by strengthening statistical systems in developing countries to produce better data for better policies and better lives.

SUMMARIESavailable in 26 languages

English Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in English)
French Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in French) Coopération pour le développement 2017
Spanish Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Spanish) Informe de cooperación para el desarrollo 2017
German Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in German) Bericht über die Entwicklungszusammenarbeit 2017
Japanese Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Japanese) 開発協力報告書 2017
Italian Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Italian) Rapporto sulla Cooperazione allo sviluppo 2017
Chinese Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Chinese) 2017年发展合作报告
Czech Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Czech) Zpráva o rozvojové spolupráci 2017
Danish Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Danish) Rapport om udviklingssamarbejde 2017
Dutch Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Dutch) Ontwikkelingssamenwerkingsrapport 2017
Estonian Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Estonian) Arengukoostöö aruanne 2017
Finnish Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Finnish) Kehitysyhteistyöraportti 2017
Greek Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Greek) Έκθεση Αναπτυξιακής Συνεργασίας 2017
Hebrew Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Hebrew) דוח 2017 על שיתוף הפעולה למען פיתוח
Hungarian Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Hungarian) Fejlesztési együttműködés – 2017. évi jelentés
Icelandic Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Icelandic) Skýrsla um þróunarsamvinnu 2017
Korean Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Korean) 2017년도 개발협력보고서
Latvian Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Latvian) 2017 gada ziņojums par sadarbību attīstības jomā
Norwegian Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Norwegian) Rapport om utviklingssamarbeid 2017
Polish Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Polish) Raport o współpracy rozwojowej 2017
Portuguese Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Portuguese) Relatório sobre Cooperação para o Desenvolvimento 2017
Russian Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Russian) Доклад о сотрудничестве в целях развития 2017
Slovak Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Slovak) Správa o rozvojovej spolupráci za rok 2017
Slovene Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Slovenian) Poročilo o razvojnem sodelovanju 2017
Swedish Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Swedish) Utvecklingssamarbete: översikt 2017
Turkish Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Turkish) 2017 Kalkınma İşbirliği Raporu


Editorial: With great data comes great responsibility
Executive summary
Infographic: Bridging the data divide for development
Overview: What will it take for data to enable development?
Making data work for development5 chapters available
The value of data for development
The role of national statistical systems in the data revolution
Rethinking donor support for statistical capacity building
Making better use of results data in development co-operation
Getting development finance data right
Profiles of development co-operation providers32 chapters available
Development finance and policy trends
Czech Republic
European Union institutions
New Zealand
Slovak Republic
United Kingdom
United States
Profiles of other development co-operation providers
Annexes2 chapters available
Technical notes on definitions and measurement
Methodological notes on the profiles of Development Assistance Committee members
Supplementary material1 chapter available
Case Studies on Data for Development
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Don't miss! Development Co-operation Report 2017 HIGHLIGHTS


Improving sustainable development data is a task for all. 

 With relatively little additional financial effort, development co-operation providers can fill the
estimated annual funding gap of USD 685 million for SDG data in developing countries. To achieve
this, aid for statistics needs to increase by about USD 200 million per year, beyond the 2015 level of
USD 541 million and sustain this up to 2030.

But, increasing the quantity of aid alone will not guarantee success. The quality of financing for
statistics must be improved by reducing duplication, targeting investments where needs are
greatest, ensuring everyone’s needs are counted, aligning to country priorities for data, and
providing more relevant and sustainable statistical capacity building.

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The Development Co-operation Report 2017 recognises that development partners need to seize the unique opportunity presented by the era of big data, and the political impetus from the Sustainable Development Goals in order to make data work for development.  Efforts are already underway across a wide variety of stakeholders. These case studies show case a few initiatives and highlight successes and potential areas of focus to make the most of this opportunity.








_01_DCR_WPcover.jpgDemand for strong data has never been so high: countries need high-quality, timely, reliable and disaggregated data to measure their progress against the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, the world has never produced so much data: modern technology, big data and the internet of things has resulted in unprecedented amounts of data being produced. However, much of these data remain unanalysed and under-utilised. What needs to be done to bring supply and demand together to bring tangible development outcomes to all people across the planet? This paper, informed by a survey circulated among DAC members between February and April 2017, provides a picture of DAC members’ policies and practices to support national statistical capacities and systems in developing countries. It highlights some of the main challenges that DAC members face in relation to making data work for sustainable development. The findings from this paper will inform the analysis of the 2017 Development Co-operation Report on Data for Development.






_01_DCR_CPcoverWhere do countries spend their ODA and what do they spend it on?The profiles have the latest analysis of these flows. The overview chapter analyses the collective performance of DAC members’ ODA and concessional finance. The profiles present key facts on DAC member policies, priorities and practices to make data work for development - the special theme for the 2017 Development Co-operation Report.

The DAC members profiled in the report are:

Australia | Austria  | Belgium  | Canada  | Czech Republic  | Denmark  | EU institutions  | Finland  | France  | Germany  | Greece  | Hungary  | Iceland  | Ireland  | Italy  | Japan  | Korea  | Luxembourg  | Netherlands  | New Zealand  | Norway  | Poland  | Portugal  | Slovak Republic  | Slovenia  | Spain  | Sweden  | Switzerland  | United Kingdom  | United States

The chapter profiling other providers of development co-operation features data for: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Gates Foundation, Kazakhstan, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Timor-Leste. It also features estimates for ten countries who do not report their development finance flows to the DAC: Brazil, Chile, People's Republic of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Qatar and South Africa.



‌Development finance has never been higher: In 2016 official development assistance from the DAC reached 142.6bn USD, and 155 bn USD including countries outside of the DAC. With more resources on offer, are donors meeting their commitments to the poorest and those most in need? Find out more

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‌ODA and Beyond: How much does your country contribute? Net resource flows to developing countries

ODA: Where do you spend it? Main recipients of bilateral ODA in 2014-15

How gender sensitive is your aid?

ODA: How much do you support environmental goals?

ODA: How do you spend it? (Composition of bilateral ODA)

ODA from countries beyond the DAC membership



22 March 2017, International Development: Poor data holds back human progress, DW (Deutsche Welle)

8 December 2017, More and Better Financing for Data to Achieve the SDGs, Jenna Slotin, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

20 October 2017, Closing the gender gap requires closing the data gap, Sarah Hendriks, Director, Gender Equality, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

19 October 2017, OECD outlines six data actions for sustainable development, Open Data Watch

17 October 2017, With great data comes great responsibility, Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Jorge Moreira da Silva, OECD.

10 October 2017, Improving sustainable development data is a task for all, Martine Durand, OECD.

19 June 2017, Will big data transform development? Jorge Moreira da Silva, Ida Mc Donnell, OECD, Johannes Jütting, PARIS21.



2016: The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities

2015: Making Partnerships Effective Coalitions for Action

2014: Mobilising Resources for Sustainable Development

2013: Ending Poverty



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