Peer reviews of DAC members

Peer reviews in development co-operation


Peer reviews provide in-depth examinations of development systems and policies, including lessons learned, in the 24 DAC member countries.

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On average, five peer reviews are carried out each year. Are you eager to see how a specific DAC member fared in its most recent review? Check out the list of past reviews and read their findings and recommendations.

In 2012, the European Union, Canada, Finland, Luxembourg and Korea will be under the microscope. See the full list of upcoming reviews with target publication dates.

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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.

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How peer reviews work

Each DAC member country is peer reviewed roughly every four 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
  • 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. Eighteen months after each review, the DAC Chair visits the reviewed country to check its progress in implementing its peers' recommendations.

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