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Greece - DAC Peer Reviews of Development Co-operation, 2011


Making Greek development assistance more effective

Greek official development assistance was USD 508 million, amounting to 0.17% of its national income, in 2010. By volume, this represents a 28% fall over the past 2 years, from USD 703 million in 2008 and USD 607 million in 2009.

Greece’s development programme needs to focus more on results and quality. It should also co-ordinate better among the ministries involved; DG Hellenic Aid has the legal mandate to oversee development co-operation but no say in the development activities financed by 14 Greek ministries. In addition, Greek aid would have greater impact if spent in fewer countries, through fewer organisations.

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Good practice example: Greece's lead role in MED EUWI

The Mediterranean component of the EU Water Initiative (MED EUWI) aims to help developing countries to meet the water-related Millennium Development Goals and World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg) targets. The Government of Greece (Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) has taken the lead in MED EUWI since it was launched in 2003. MED EUWI has several strengths and is achieving results. Key features include:

  • A strategic partnership among stakeholders in the Mediterranean region. It creates an enabling environment, builds institutional capacity and uses local as well as international expertise. In Egypt, for example, technical work is carried out by Egyptians and international consultants. Greece, the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean, and the OECD provide technical support.

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