The 2017 volume of the Development Co-operation Report focuses on Data for Development. “Big Data” and “the Internet of Things” are more than buzzwords: the data revolution is transforming the way that economies and societies are functioning across the planet. The Sustainable Development Goals along with the data revolution are opportunities that should not 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, there continue to be worrying gaps in basic data about people and the planet and weak capacity in developing countries to produce the data that policy makers need to deliver reforms and policies that achieve real, visible and long-lasting development results. At the same time, investing in building statistical capacity – which represented about 0.30% of ODA in 2015 – is 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 for development. 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 report sets out priority actions and good practices that will help policy makers and providers of development assistance to bridge the global data divide, notably by strengthening statistical systems in developing countries to produce better data for better policies and better lives.
|English||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in English)|
|French||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in French) Coopération pour le développement 2017|
|Spanish||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Spanish) Informe de cooperación para el desarrollo 2017|
|German||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in German) Bericht über die Entwicklungszusammenarbeit 2017|
|Japanese||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Japanese) 開発協力報告書 2017|
|Italian||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Italian) Rapporto sulla Cooperazione allo sviluppo 2017|
|Chinese||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Chinese) 2017年发展合作报告|
|Czech||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Czech) Zpráva o rozvojové spolupráci 2017|
|Danish||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Danish) Rapport om udviklingssamarbejde 2017|
|Dutch||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Dutch) Ontwikkelingssamenwerkingsrapport 2017|
|Estonian||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Estonian) Arengukoostöö aruanne 2017|
|Finnish||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Finnish) Kehitysyhteistyöraportti 2017|
|Greek||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Greek) Έκθεση Αναπτυξιακής Συνεργασίας 2017|
|Hebrew||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Hebrew) דוח 2017 על שיתוף הפעולה למען פיתוח|
|Hungarian||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Hungarian) Fejlesztési együttműködés – 2017. évi jelentés|
|Icelandic||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Icelandic) Skýrsla um þróunarsamvinnu 2017|
|Korean||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Korean) 2017년도 개발협력보고서|
|Latvian||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Latvian) 2017 gada ziņojums par sadarbību attīstības jomā|
|Norwegian||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Norwegian) Rapport om utviklingssamarbeid 2017|
|Polish||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Polish) Raport o współpracy rozwojowej 2017|
|Portuguese||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Portuguese) Relatório sobre Cooperação para o Desenvolvimento 2017|
|Russian||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Russian) Доклад о сотрудничестве в целях развития 2017|
|Slovak||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Slovak) Správa o rozvojovej spolupráci za rok 2017|
|Slovene||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Slovenian) Poročilo o razvojnem sodelovanju 2017|
|Swedish||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Swedish) Utvecklingssamarbete: översikt 2017|
|Turkish||Development Co-operation Report 2017 (Summary in Turkish) 2017 Kalkınma İşbirliği Raporu|
|Infographic: Bridging the data divide for development|
|Overview: What will it take for data to enable development?|
Making data work for development5 chapters available
Profiles of development co-operation providers33 chapters available
Annexes1 chapter available
Supplementary material1 chapter available
DCR 2017 HIGHLIGHTS VERSION
SIX ACTIONS FOR BETTER DEVELOPMENT DATA
With relatively little additional financial effort, development co-operation providers can fill the
estimated annual funding gap of USD 685 million for SDG data in developing countries. To achieve
this, aid for statistics needs to increase by about USD 200 million per year, beyond the 2015 level of
USD 541 million and sustain this up to 2030.
But, increasing the quantity of aid alone will not guarantee success. The quality of financing for
statistics must be improved by reducing duplication, targeting investments where needs are
greatest, ensuring everyone’s needs are counted, aligning to country priorities for data, and
providing more relevant and sustainable statistical capacity building.
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The Development Co-operation Report 2017 recognises that development partners need to seize the unique opportunity presented by the era of big data, and the political impetus from the Sustainable Development Goals in order to make data work for development. Efforts are already underway across a wide variety of stakeholders. These case studies show case a few initiatives and highlight successes and potential areas of focus to make the most of this opportunity.
WORKING PAPER: DAC MEMBERS PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES
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.
PROFILES OF PROVIDERS OF DEVELOPMENT CO-OPERATION
Where do countries spend their ODA and what do they spend it on?The profiles have the latest analysis of these flows. The overview chapter analyses the collective performance of DAC members’ ODA and concessional finance. The 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:
Australia | Austria | 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.
WHAT DO THE ODA FIGURES TELL US?
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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WANT MORE DATA VIZ? DOWNLOAD POSTERS ON ODA
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
ODA: How do you spend it? (Composition of bilateral ODA)
BLOGS ON DATA FOR DEVELOPMENT
20 October 2017, Closing the gender gap requires closing the data gap, Sarah Hendriks, Director, Gender Equality, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
19 October 2017, OECD outlines six data actions for sustainable development, Open Data Watch
17 October 2017, With great data comes great responsibility, Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Jorge Moreira da Silva, OECD.
10 October 2017, Improving sustainable development data is a task for all, Martine Durand, OECD.
19 June 2017, Will big data transform development? Jorge Moreira da Silva, Ida Mc Donnell, OECD, Johannes Jütting, PARIS21.
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