Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

DAC member profile: United States


Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1961.

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2014

DCR 2014 United States

See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2014.

In 2013, the United States provided USD 31.5 billion ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.19% of gross national income (GNI) and a 1.3% increase in real terms from 2012. It is the largest donor of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in terms of volume. The United States’ share of untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 69% in 2012,compared with the DAC average of 81%. The grant elementof total ODA was 100% in 2012.

Peer review findings

Latest evaluation report

USA: a generous donor, is committed to making aid more effective. The United States has significantly enhanced its development strategies, policies, and programmes. It should continue to reduce overlaps and improve co-ordination, according to the DAC's Review of the Development Co-operation Policies and Programs of the United States. The U.S. should also better incorporate and reflect  the goals and strategies of developing countries, continue to rebuild the capacity of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and identify key priority areas where it will pursue coherence between development goals and its domestic and other foreign policies.

The "Evaluation of Water-to-Market Training in Armenia" looked at the Millenium Challenge Corporation's compact with Armenia, which was a five-year investment (2006-2011) of USD 177.6 million in two projects: irrigated agriculture and rural road rehabilitation. Although most output and outcome targets were met or exceeded, the evaluation did not detect impacts on adoption, productive income or household income.

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