The OECD Development Assistance Committee's 2007 report on international aid includes an overview by the DAC Chairman reviewing recent trends in aid volume, allocation, and effectiveness.
Special chapters on Effective Aid Management and Aid Effectiveness examine DAC experience in these areas. Individual chapters for each donor country summarise key features of each country's programme including data on total flows, breakdowns by income group, geographical region and sector, and listing of the top ten recipients. Country chapters also include commentary on the donor's commitment to the MDGs, aid effectiveness, and policy coherence. The comprehensive statistical annex provides graphs and tables showing the evolution of aid flows.
Tables and charts in this book are available via StatLinks.
"I have been fortunate to chair the Development Assistance Committee over a period rich in change. International concern about poor countries has rightly had greater weight than often in the past. The scope for progress has been relatively high, and the development community has – gradually and still, as this chapter suggests, rather modestly – been shifting gears in response to the opportunities for more effective aid that the new environment provides. The DAC has played a role in encouraging this through its transparent reporting – a hallmark of OECD – of the volume and composition of ODA, through its many initiatives to improve aid effectiveness, and through its work in building common policies."
- Richard Manning, OECD DAC Chair
The first chapter is a kind of “report-card” on the aid effort, as seen from the DAC Chair’s perspective over the past five years. It assesses progress on a number of indicators first set out in the Development Co-operation Report for 2003 to measure how the development community is contributing to the sustainable reduction of poverty.
This chapter retains twelve of the more prominent examples of the lessons learned or reconfirmed recently concerning effective aid management to achieve development results. Lessons are grouped as follows: at the level of strategy, organisational management, and the management of delivery.
The third chapter puts DAC’s aid effectiveness work into context. It looks at the way aid effectiveness concepts are being implemented in the health sector, and how important issues like human rights, gender or the environment can be addressed within a locally owned approach to development.
The last chapter provides a short introduction to the aid programmes and performance of each DAC member, and also rightly embraces other OECD countries and significant players outside the OECD for which comparable reporting exists. Five countries were peer reviewed in 2007: Canada, Denmark, the European Community, Finland and Spain.