Created in 1988 and hosted by the OECD Development Centre, the Informal Network of DAC Development Communicators (DevCom) is the only international forum where donors discuss issues and coordinate their strategies to inform and influence public opinion to enhance awareness and public support for development cooperation.
DevCom brings together the directors of public affairs and communication of the foreign/development ministries and official agencies of the nations that belong to the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC), plus new/emerging donors and those of multilateral institutions such as the European Commission, UNDP, the World Bank and regional development banks.
DevCom members exchange experiences, share good practices, engage in peer learning and shape thinking on how effectively to raise public awareness and support for development cooperation.
Spearheading progress in development communication, largely financed by voluntary contributions, DevCom work programmes are demand-driven. Undertaken in close collaboration with the relevant DAC bodies, DevCom focuses on improving the practice of communicating about development results.
Contributors to the DevCom project 2011-12 are (by alphabetical order): African Development Bank, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Inter-American Development Bank, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Learn more about current DevCom activities:
> DevCom meetings
> Development results reporting
> Publications on public support for development
> Public opinion about development
> Communication strategies
> Global Solidarity Opinion Poll
> Toolkit on Communication for Development (C4D)
> DevCom Clearspace (restricted website for DevCom Members)