This year's Development Co-operation Report by the OECD DAC Chair, Richard Manning, looks at overall aid volume and examines whether donors are on track to reach their goal of increasing aid to USD 130 billion globally and doubling aid to Africa by 2010.
The report looks at major trends which reveal where aid is going - which regions are getting the most, which the least; which sectors (health, education, etc.) attract aid; and what impact are debt relief and emergency aid continuing to have on total aid flows.
Ideas are offered on how donors can do more to encourage greater domestic accountability for public expenditure (which includes aid) in developing countries.
It also reports on some key measures of development co-operation, including the progress countries are making - or not - in implementing the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, and looks at how increased Aid for Trade can have the best impact.
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"One of the most important contributions of the DAC is to provide the interested and concerned public with clear and consistent information. Transparency is the mother of effectiveness. Aid is an investment in a better and safer world. Those who contribute and those who receive it can, and should, demand that it contributes to tangible results for poor people. I hope that the information and analysis in this Report will contribute to an improved debate about its effective use."
- Richard Manning, OECD DAC Chair
Chapter 1. Overview by the DAC Chair
This chapter looks at overall aid volume and examines whether donors are on track to reach their goal of increasing aid to USD 130 billion globally and doubling aid to Africa by 2010. It looks at major trends in aid allocation, where aid is going, and how effective it is. It offers ideas on how donors can do more to encourage greater domestic accountability for public expenditure (which includes aid) in developing countries. And it reports on some key measures of progress in the development assistant field.
Chapter 2. Aid for Trade: Making it Effective
This chapter looks at ways that increased Aid for Trade can have the best impact. Without support to strengthen trade capacity in developing countries, improved market access will have little impact on poverty reduction. Recent evaluations have highlighted the poor value for money of some 'Aid for Trade' programmes, and offers suggestions for improvement.
Chapter 3. Preliminary Findings from the 2006 Baseline Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration
The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness is an ambitious attempt to increase the impact of aid on development by promoting more mature partnerships between donors and partner countries. This chapter presents some preliminary and tentative findings from the 2006 survey on monitoring implementation of the Paris Declaration in 31 countries. The final report will be released in March 2007.
Chapter 4. Policies and Efforts of Bilateral Donors
Each year this chapter gathers together notes on the individual policies and efforts of bilateral donors. Key features in 2006 included the following: poverty reduction continues to be a strong, if not central focus for most donors; fighting corruption was a core objective of donors' governance agendas; and much is still to be achieved in the areas of policy coherence. Five countries were peer reviewed: Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States.