Development Co-operation Directorate

The Development Assistance Committee's Mandate


The Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

Formerly known as the Development Assistance Group, the DAC was created by Ministerial Resolution of 23 July 1960.


The overarching objective of the DAC for 2011-2015  is to promote development co-operation and other policies so as to contribute to sustainable development, including pro-poor economic growth, poverty reduction, improvement of living standards in developing countries, and to a future in which no country will depend on aid.

In order to achieve this overarching objective, the Committee shall:

  • monitor, assess, report, and promote the provision of resources that support sustainable
    development, as specified above, by collecting and analysing data and information on ODA
    and other official and private flows
  • review development co-operation policies and practices, particularly in relation to national
    and internationally agreed objectives and targets, and promote mutual learning
  • provide analysis, guidance and good practice to assist its Members and the expanded donor
    community to enhance the quality and effectiveness of development assistance, particularly
    regarding pro-poor economic growth and poverty reduction
  • analyse and help shape the rapidly evolving global development architecture to optimise
    development results
  • promote perspectives on global public goods and policy coherence for development in coordination
    with other policy communities in OECD
  • engage or invite non-Member countries - in particular those with major development cooperation
    programmes - international organisations, private sector organisations, and civil
    society representatives, so as to assure the relevance and inclusiveness of DAC’s work.


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The DAC has also established working parties, task forces and networks, in which DAC Members are generally represented by specialists.


OECD countries that are not Members of the DAC are entitled to participate in all meetings of the DAC
and its Subsidiary Bodies in areas of mutual interest.