Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

How we work


For 50 years now, the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has grouped the world’s main donors, defining and monitoring global standards in key areas of development. The DAC is a unique forum for sharing views and exchanging lessons and has gained a reputation for neutrality and high-quality work.


Through wide-ranging partnerships, the DAC helps ensure better lives for people in the developing world by tracking development finance, making sure it is invested effectively and promoting good policy. Over the years, the DAC has worked to build  to provide innovative and integrated approaches to range of development challenges - from climate change to conflict and gender equality, and played a role in forging major international development commitments, including the Millennium Development Goals and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.


The OECD's Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) supports the DAC, contributing to developing better policies for better lives through transparent data on development finance, and improved development cooperation practices and policies. The DCD provides evidence-based policy advice and an open forum to share and build knowledge. DCD helps build consensus among DAC members and the wider development community to improve development effectiveness.