South African concessional finance for development reached USD 149 million in 2013, compared to USD 189 million in 2012 (OECD estimates). Measured in South African rand, its development co‑operation actually increased between 2012 and 2013; the decrease in USD is related to exchange rate fluctuations. In 2012, 57% of South Africa’s total development co-operation was channelled through multilateral organisations.
The Strategic Plan (2010-13) of South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Co‑operation (DIRCO) includes “the African continent” and “strengthening South-South relations” as priorities. DIRCO is the main institution responsible for planning, implementing and co-ordinating South Africa’s development co-operation. It also manages the African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund, which South Africa plans to replace with the South African Development Agency, to be created under DIRCO.
South Africa prioritises co-operation with the African continent, with a strong focus on member countries of the Southern African Development Community. The priority sectors of its bilateral development co‑operation are peacekeeping, security and governance. South Africa provides its bilateral development co-operation mostly in the form of technical co‑operation.
South Africa is also engaged in triangular co-operation, partnering with several Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members (e.g. Canada, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United States) to support other developing countries (mainly in Africa) in areas such as governance, public security and post-conflict resolution.
South Africa’s development co‑operation through multilateral organisations is primarily channelled through the African Development Bank and the African Union.
South Africa is a Key Partner of the OECD. In 2013, South Africa participated in the DAC Senior‑Level Meeting.