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OECD Journal on Development: Development Co-operation Report 2009


The title of the Development Co-operation Report has traditionally carried the date of the year preceding its publication. As of this issue the title will reflect the actual year of publication.


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Publication date:
March 2009


The Development Co-operation Report is the key annual reference document for statistics and analysis on the latest trends in international aid.

In his debut report, Eckhard Deutscher, Chair of the DAC, reports back on the Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and the need to step up our efforts to make aid work better for developing countries.


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The report also addresses fragmentation, a major problem when aid comes in too many small slices from too many directions.

Finally, the report offers five lessons on how the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness can be used to make the link between development policy and human rights, environmental sustainability and gender equality.


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"The development landscape has changed radically since the DAC was created: new players and new challenges continue to emerge, and the rules of the game are - by necessity - shifting. In 2008, we saw how in a matter of weeks, established international governance structures - both formal and informal - were shaken profoundly, provoking deep-rooted and lasting change."

- Eckhard Deutscher, OECD DAC Chair


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Chapter 1: Globalisation: A Shifting Context for Development Policy    
In this chapter the DAC Chair takes a look at the new environment for development assistance, calling for heightened collective action. He builds upon the urgent call made at the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness for the development community to make clear and immediate improvements in co-operation instruments.

Chapter 2: How Fragmented Is Aid?   

This chapter examines the extent to which aid is fragmented or concentrated. Flows are analysed using an innovative new aid measure, country programmable aid (CPA). As well as looking at the scale of the problem, it looks at some approaches to reducing aid fragmentation through a more effective "division of labour" among donor countries.

Chapter 3: How Predictable Is Aid?

The findings of the recent DAC Survey of Aid Allocation Policies and Indicative Forward Spending Plans offer a perspective on future aid flows that will help to identify gaps and opportunities in individual developing countries. The Survey tracks overall trends in aid since 2005, combining them with donors' planning figures to project aid to 2010.

Chapter 4: What the Reports Are Saying    

More than three years after its adoption, is the implentation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness living up to expectations? This chapter presents some answers to this question. It shows that there is substantial evidence that progress on putting the Paris Declaration into actio is being made, but not quickly enough. Donors and partner countries need to gear up their efforts if they are to meet international commitments and targets for effective aid by 2010.

Chapter 5: The Bigger Picture - The Paris Declaration and Broader Development Goals    

The Paris Declaration is increasingly evidencing new ways to make the link between development policy and gender equality, human rights and environmental sustainability. Drawing on case studies from a number of countries, this chapter introduces five useful lessons on how the Paris Declaration can be applied in this way.

Chapter 6: Efforts and Policies of Bilateral Donors

This chapter provides a short introduction to the aid programmes and performance of each DAC member and also covers other OECD donors for which comparable reporting exists. Four DAC member countries were peer reviewed in 2008: Australia, France, Norway and Luxembourg.


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