Development Co-operation Report 2017

Data for Development

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Available from October 30, 2017

Also available in: French


Ninety per cent of all the world’s data were generated in the last two years alone. “Big data” and the “Internet of things” are more than buzzwords: the data revolution is transforming the way economies and societies are functioning across the planet. This is an opportunity that should not to be missed: more and better data can help boost inclusive growth, fight inequalities and combat climate change. These data are also essential to measure and monitor progress against the Sustainable Development  Goals.
The value of data in enabling development is uncontested. Yet, we still lack good quality data in most developing countries. Why are over half of deaths and one-third of births worldwide unaccounted for? Why is investment in statistical capacity - 0.25% of ODA - not a priority for most providers of development assistance?

There is a need for stronger political leadership, greater investment and more collective action to bridge the data divide. This report makes a strong business case for strengthening national statistical systems. With the unfolding data revolution, developing countries and donors have a unique chance to act now to boost data production and use for the benefit of citizens. This volume sets out a number of priority steps and good practices that will help policy makers and providers of development assistance to make data work for development.

The profiles of providers of development co-operation (Part II of this report) are already available. The full report will be released in October 2017.


Profiles of development co-operation providers32 chapters available
Development finance and policy trends
Czech Republic
European Union institutions
New Zealand
Slovak Republic
United Kingdom
United States
Profiles of other development co-operation providers
Annexes1 chapter available
Methodological notes on the profiles of Development Assistance Committee members
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Profiles of Providers of Development Co-operation

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Where do countries spend their ODA and what do they spend it on? The profiles have the latest analysis of these flows. They also track DAC members’ progress in delivering aid according to the principles for effective development co-operation and their efforts to use ODA to leverage domestic and private resources for development, such as aid for tax and aid for trade.

The Profiles of the 2017 Development Co-operation Report increase the transparency of official development assistance by releasing verified and comparable OECD statistics for all DAC members and 20 other providers within months of collecting the data. The overview chapter analyses the collective performance of DAC members’ official development assistance and concessional finance. Finally, this year’s profiles present key facts on DAC member policies, priorities and practices to make data work for development - the special theme for the 2017 Development Co-operation Report.

The DAC members profiled in the report are:

AustraliaAustria  |  Belgium  |  Canada  |  Czech Republic  |  Denmark  |  EU institutions  |  Finland  |  France  |  Germany  |  Greece  |  Hungary  |  Iceland  |  Ireland  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Luxembourg  |  Netherlands  |  New Zealand  |  Norway  |  Poland  |  Portugal  |  Slovak Republic  |  Slovenia  |  Spain  |  Sweden  |  Switzerland  |  United Kingdom  |  United States

The chapter profiling other providers of development co-operation features data for: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Gates Foundation, Kazakhstan, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Timor-Leste.
It also features estimates for ten countries who do not report their development finance flows to the DAC: Brazil, Chile, People's Republic of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Qatar and South Africa.

An overview highlights trends including: ODA to least developed countries, concessional loands, financing for small-island developing states, aid to civil society organisations, mobilising domestic resources, and more...

Data for Development: DAC member priorities and challenges. A DCD Working Paper

Demand for strong data has never been so high: countries need high-quality, timely, reliable and disaggregated data to measure their progress against the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, the world has never produced so much data: modern technology, big data and the internet of things has resulted in unprecedented amounts of data being produced. However, much of these data remain unanalysed and under-utilised. What needs to be done to bring supply and demand together to bring tangible development outcomes to all people across the planet?

This paper, informed by a survey circulated among DAC members between February and April 2017, provides a picture of DAC members’ policies and practices to support national statistical capacities and systems in developing countries. It highlights some of the main challenges that DAC members face in relation to making data work for sustainable development. The findings from this paper will inform the analysis of the 2017 Development Co-operation Report on Data for Development.

Latest trends in official development assistance: Infographics

ODA: What does collective effort look like?

Development finance has never been higher: In 2016 official development assistance from the DAC reached 142.6bn USD, and 155 bn USD including countries outside of the DAC. With more resources on offer, are donors meeting their commitments to the poorest and those most in need? Find out more

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ODA and Beyond: How much does your country contribute? Net resource flows to developing countries

ODA: Where do you spend it?: Main recipients of bilateral ODA in 2014-15

How gender sensitive is your aid?

ODA: How much do you support environemental goals?

ODA: How do you spend it? Composition of bilateral ODA

ODA from countries beyond the DAC membership

October 30 2017: Launch of the Development Co-operation Report 2017: Data for development

The OECD’s analysis and findings on Data for Development will be launched and discussed at the DAC High Level Meeting at the end of October 2017.

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