Denmark’s official development assistance reached USD 2.8 billion in 2009, or 0.88% of its gross national income. The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee notes that Denmark’s annual ODA has surpassed the United Nation’s aid target of 0.7% of GNI since 1978, earning its global reputation as a generous donor.
Many African countries are attractive destinations for agricultural investment. African governments are working to strengthen their capacities to design policies that will enhance the development returns of more and better investment in agriculture.
The shift in the centre of economic gravity, from the advanced to the large emerging economies, has to be reflected in the global governance architecture. The new players have to be given a stronger voice in decision-making and multilateralism has to evolve further in a more inclusive manner.
The DAC Quality Standards for Development Evaluation provide a guide to good practice in development evaluation. They are intended to improve the quality of evaluation processes and products and to facilitate collaboration.
Trade promotes economic growth, alleviates poverty and helps countries reach their development goals. However, developing countries – in particular the least developed – face difficulties in making trade happen and turning trade into economic growth. The Aid for Trade Initiative – launched at the 2005 World Trade Organisation conference in Hong Kong – aims at helping these countries to take advantage of trade opportunities and to reap the benefits of their integration into the world economy. The Initiative has been a success: it has not only raised awareness among both donors and developing countries about the role of trade in development, but also helped secure increased resources.
Trade for Growth and Poverty Reduction: How Aid for Trade Can Help explains how Aid for Trade can foster economic growth and reduce poverty, and why it is an important instrument for a development strategy that actively supports poverty alleviation. Unlocking this potential requires carefully designed and sequenced trade reforms. While developing countries have many trade-related needs, but financial resources and political capital for reforms are limited, it is an important priority to tackle the most binding constraints to trade expansion. This report describes the diagnostic tools available, evaluates their strengths and weaknesses, and suggests a dynamic framework to guide the sequencing of reform and donor support.
The glossary of key terms in evaluation and results-based management should facilitate and improve dialogue and understanding among all those who are involved in development activities and their evaluation, whether in partner countries, development agencies and banks, or non-governmental organisations.
OECD organised an expert workshop on the implementation of Aid for Trade, with a focus on the trade dimension of the Aid for Trade Initiative.
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The Synthesis report aims to bring into greater focus the key issues pertaining to capacity development.The report is specifically assembled by a professional team as a best effort attempt to pull together, in one location, the evidence of what we are learning in each of the priority capacity areas of the Accra Agenda for Action.
In 2010, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) provided whole-of-government reporting of its aid flows at the activity level to the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), making it the first country outside the DAC’s membership to report in such detail.
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This article focuses on Indonesia’s progress in improving its policy framework for investment and asks what more can be done to attract high quality investment into the country. It is part of the Investment Insights series.