Peer reviews of DAC members

Focus

  • Private sector engagement for sustainable development: Lessons from DAC peer learning

    Development Assistance Committee (DAC) member countries are increasingly developing partnerships with the private sector to leverage private capital, expertise, innovation and core business to benefit sustainable development. The first in a series of thematic, peer learning, exercises, this report – and associated materials – captures good practice and lessons on effectively engaging the private sector in development co-operation.

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  • Czech Republic aid reform paves way for more flexible and innovative development

    “The Czech Republic is proving to be an active and valued member of the DAC, bringing lessons from its own transformation, actively helping other countries to become stable free-market democracies and advocating for Sustainable Development Goal 16 for peace, justice and effective institutions. To be as effective as possible on the ground, it is key to ensure a relatively small budget is not stretched too thinly between different projects and that there is the flexibility to respond to different partners’ needs,” said DAC Chair Charlotte Petri Gornitzka.

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  • Denmark is a top aid donor but reduced budget and refugee costs pose risks

    Denmark has long been a high-quality and generous provider of official development assistance (ODA), especially to the neediest countries. However, it faces significant challenges from a reduction of its aid budget and fast-rising refugee costs. With an estimated 2015 budget of USD 2.6 billion - 0.85% of its gross national income - Denmark is one of a handful of countries to surpass the international commitment to provide 0.7% of GNI in ODA. Yet Danish ODA is programmed to fall back to 0.7% of GNI. This budget reduction and an expecting tripling in spending on refugees in Denmark will put pressure on aid programmes and planning.

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Peer reviews provide in-depth examinations of development systems and policies, including lessons learned, in all DAC member countries.

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The OECD DAC conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of its 29 members. The objectives of DAC peer reviews are to improve the quality and effectiveness of development co-operation policies and systems, and to promote good development partnerships for better impact on poverty reduction and sustainable development in developing countries. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.

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How peer reviews work

Each DAC member country is peer reviewed roughly every five years with two main aims: to help the country understand where it could improve its development strategy and structures so that it can increase the effectiveness of its investment; and to identify and share good practice in development policy and strategy. Led by examiners from two DAC member states, the process typically takes around six months to complete and culminates with the publication of the findings.

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Lessons from peer reviews

What are countries doing to fulfill their development co-operation objectives and public commitments? Drawing on lessons from our peer reviews, we produce a range of publications that look at different aspects of this question. Managing Aid: Practices of DAC Member Countries is one example. Another is Effective Aid Management: Twelve Lessons from DAC Peer Reviews, designed to help aid practitioners improve their management and delivery of development assistance by learning from each others' experience. More recently, we have introduced an in-depth, thematic, peer learning process across DAC members. The first such exercise was on private sector engagement, to learn lessons from experience on how to work effectively with and through the private sector in development co-operation.

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