The Development Co-operation Report is the key annual reference document for statistics and analysis on trends in international aid.
With only five years left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), much remains to be done. The task has become even more challenging given the economic, food and climate change crises of recent years. This report describes how the DAC has responded swiftly, putting the development dimension of these crises firmly on the political agenda and keeping the development community focused on providing more aid, and delivering it more effectively.
In light of the food, energy and economic crises, the need for development results has become even more urgent. The development community must follow through on its ambitious reform agenda, better document its impact, and make the necessary changes to ensure that development co-operation becomes an effective instrument in managing the challenges of globalisation.
What are the practical implications to managing aid of the global economic downturn and donor commitments to increase aid volume and effectiveness? This chapter focuses on dealing with major changes in aid volumes, improving accountability, and building more effective organisations through practical examples among DAC members.
For aid to be effective, donors need to respect partner country ownership over their own development policies and practices. This means, among other things, using a country's own administrative systems to deliver aid. This chapter highlights the long-term advantages and risks of country systems, and outlines donor and partner country efforts to use and strengthen them.
Aid for Trade: A Route Out of Poverty?
Many developing countries consider trade to be a key component of their growth and poverty reduction strategies. This chapter argues that it is important to ensure that the right conditions are in place to integrate developing countries into regional and global markets.
"Development as usual" is not enough to work out the best mitigation strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate-proofing vulnerable populations and countries. This chapter looks at the DAC members' role in building climate change adaptation into all levels of planning -- from projects to national and sectoral strategies.
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals depends on how successfully the donor community engages the world's most fragile states. This chapter reports on progress and lessons learned from implementing the OECD Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States based on responses from Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste.
Collective Action to Fight Corruption
The world economic crisis only increases the level of scrutiny over the use of public funds. The development communicty is making increased efforts to tackle corruption while maintaining its commitment to the aid effectiveness agenda. This chapter draws on knowledge and lessons from the field and DAC research on increasing co-operation between donor and partner countries to understand and address corruption.
This chapter summarises key progress made by the 23 DAC members towards meeting their aid effectiveness commitments in 2009, plus some challenges arising. It also contains five DAC Peer Reviews and a summary of mid-term reviews of five other countries.
DAC members: Australia l Austria l Belgium l Canada l Denmark l the European Commission l Finland l France l Germany l Greece l Ireland l Italy l Japan l Luxembourg l the Netherlands l New Zealand l Norway l Portugal l Spain l Sweden l Switzerland l the United Kingdom l the United States