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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: United States 2016

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Published on December 16, 2016

The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.


Conducting the peer review
Abbreviations and acronyms
The United States' aid at a glance
Context of the peer review of the United States
The DAC's main findings and recommendations
Towards a comprehensive United States' development effort
The United States' vision and policies for development co-operation
Allocating the United States' official development assistance
Managing the United States' development co-operation
United States' development co-operation delivery and partnerships
Results management and accountability of US development co-operation
The United States' humanitarian assistance
Annexes4 chapters available
Progress since the 2011 DAC peer review recommendations
OECD/DAC standard suite of tables
Visits to Malawi and South Africa
Organisational structure
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Read the DAC's main findings and recommendations, available in English and French

US push to make its development aid more effective is paying off, says OECD

The United States has maintained foreign aid volumes through the aftermath of the global economic crisis and has visibly improved the focus and effectiveness of its development assistance. These trends should be maintained and reforms to the U.S. Agency for International Development should be consolidated, according to a new OECD DAC Peer Review.

Read the press release, available in English and French

Private sector engagement: Lessons from the United States

The US has a broad toolbox for working with the private sector that can be applied to address different development challenges. This has created an innovative and complementary approach that effectively leverages capital and know-how for development results. Four key lessons, inter alia, from the US experience have been highlighted:

Lesson 1: Development objectives and desired results should determine the selection of partners.
Lesson 2: Do not underestimate the time and resources needed to mainstream private sector engagement throughout agency portfolios and ensure that staff have appropriate skills and capacities.
Lesson 3: Harness the financial and non-financial contributions government can make to private sector engagement initiatives, and develop a coherent mix of engagement mechanisms.
Lesson 4: Create spaces that encourage individuals to innovate and work together to find solutions to complex challenges.

Read the peer review's chapter on the United States' development co-operation delivery and partnerships.

Read the United States' peer learning country report.

Implementation of peer review recommendations from 2011

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Read about the implementation of the 2011 recommendations

 About this review

United States' peer review history

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