Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

Open Doors: Engaging beyond the DAC


We help DAC members and other aid providers learn from one another and understand the bigger picture of international development co-operation.

Tracking trends

Development assistance from non-DAC countries is rising rapidly and, in some cases, exceeds the contributions made by individual DAC members. In 2010, Saudi Arabia provided USD 3.5 billion in gross ODA, exceeding the gross ODA volumes of 12 of the 23 DAC countries. In the same year, China provided an estimated USD 2 billion in gross ODA, and Turkey USD 0.9 billion.

We also prepare a series of statistical profiles based on what we know about providers of development co-operation beyond the DAC.

Explore the trends

Strengthening aid management

We carry out tailor-made special reviews and seminars for countries that want to strengthen their aid management and statistics. So far we've conducted reviews for:

We also hold regular, tailor-made seminars on aid statistics at the request of countries beyond the DAC.

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Promoting dialogue


A range of non-DAC funders – including emerging economies, private philanthropies, and sector-specific funds – have rapidly increased support to developing countries. Through dialogue, the DAC hopes to learn from countries beyond its membership and promote mutual understanding on shared international goals and how to achieve them. To this end, the DAC issued a statement (April 2011) and global relations strategy (November 2011) welcoming non-DAC partners to engage in a  dialogue of mutual learning.
» Read the statement in ArabicChineseEnglishSpanish and French
» Download the DAC Global Relations Strategy (global relations strategy l full version

We support a large number of dialogue initiatives on specific issues, including:

Our special dialogue events have focused on:


We also support dialogue with specific countries, for instance through the China-DAC Study Group and meetings with Arab donors. Finally, we have also collected evidence on the common ground between the principles of different traditions of development co-operation. (pdf 386 kB)

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