Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

OECD reviews the Netherlands' development aid


19/09/2006 - The OECD Development Assistance Committee welcomed the Netherlands’ continued commitment to maintain high levels of development aid. The Netherlands Official Development Assistance in 2005 was USD 5.11 billion, or 0.82% of Gross National Income, making it one of the world’s most generous donor countries.

The Committee noted that the Netherlands gives strong attention to issues of aid quality and sets a good example by using innovative approaches to adapt its aid delivery in such a way as to enable recipient countries to lead their own development agenda. It welcomed the continued commitment of the Netherlands to policy coherence in support of development. The Committee also made a number of recommendations to assist the Netherlands in pursuing its efforts to improve the effectiveness of its development cooperation programmes.

The Development Assistance Committee, which groups major aid donors that are members of the OECD, issued its Main Findings and Recommendations on the Netherlands as part of a series of examinations of member aid policies and programmes. The Peer Review, led by Japan and Sweden, took place on 12 September 2006. The Dutch Delegation attending the review meeting was headed by Mr. Ruud Treffers, Director General for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The results of the review will be presented in The Hague on 31 October 2006 by the Chair of the Development Assistance Committee, Richard Manning.

For further information, journalists are invited to contact Helen Fisher at the OECD's Media Division (tel. [33] 1 45 24 80 97).


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