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Austria - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation, 2009

 

Austria’s official development assistance (ODA) was 0.42% of its gross national income (GNI) in 2008, putting it in 11th place among OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors. Austria’s net ODA fell by 14% to USD1.7 billion from 2007 to 2008, due to a lower level of debt relief grants provided in 2008.

Debt relief made up 50% of Austria’s ODA during the period 2005 - 2007 and more than 40% in 2008, which is higher than any other DAC member. With the decline in debt relief, Austria must sharply increase its aid to meet its commitment to reach the EU target of 0.7% of GNI to development assistance by 2015. Reaching its interim target of 0.51% in 2010 is essential despite the current financial crisis.

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Aid effectiveness in Ethiopia: The North Gondar Programme

The Plan for Accelerated and Sustained Development to End Poverty (PASDEP) is the main framework in Ethiopia for donor dialogue on development, which has become more strained since 2005 (Annex D). The joint review of PASDEP by the Government of Ethiopia and the Donor Assistance Group noted that “the fast economic growth was being challenged by structural problems, low level of productivity, weak implementation capacity, low level of external finance, unpredictability of aid and transaction costs of aid” (Development Assistance Group Ethiopia, 2008). Low levels of productivity are particularly challenging in the agriculture sector. Faster progress would require “enhanced capacity at all levels.” In 2005 an impressive 96% of ODA disbursements were recorded by government, but, by 2007, predictability had fallen to 73%, due to difficulties for donors in using common arrangements. The Paris Declaration Monitoring Survey notes that "challenges remain [...] particularly in terms of harmonising financial and legal procedures for all donors for programme management" (OECD, 2008b). (Box 9. p.76)

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