Development Co-operation Directorate

We promote coordinated, innovative international action to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries and improve their financing. Supporting the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), we help set international principles and standards for development co-operation, and monitor how donors deliver on their commitments. Drawing upon the whole OECD expertise, we support members and partners with our data, analysis and guidance.

COVID-19 assistance to developing countries lifts foreign aid in 2021

Paris, 12 April, 2022

Foreign aid from official donors rose to an all-time high of USD 179 billion in 2021.

Shaping a just digital transformation

Paris, 8 April 2022

New evidence, analysis & ideas from the Development Co-operation Report 2021 for tackling the digital divide.

ODA eligibility of COVID-19 activities

Paris, 10 February 2022

Which activities in response to the pandemic can be counted as official development assistance (ODA)? We just updated our FAQ.

OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Portugal 2022

21 April 2022

Portugal mobilises cross-government expertise for countries most in need.

New OECD hub to boost transparency on the tax treatment of foreign aid

Paris, 19 January 2022

This new hub compares policies for how ODA is taxed from 12 members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). It helps both donors and recipient countries clarify the tax status of ODA, which totalled USD 161 billion in 2020.

We Are Failing the Solidarity Test on Global Vaccines

Paris, 9 December 2021

Evidence shows that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are greatest for the world’s poorest. Without equal access to vaccines, tests and treatments, new variants will permit the pandemic to rage on with further loss of lives and livelihoods everywhere.

Integrating Environmental and Climate Action into Development Co-operation

Paris, 12 Nov 2021

The first ever report to provide an overview of how DAC Members' development policies are aligned with environmental and climate action

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About DAC and DCD

For 60 years, the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), has grouped the world’s main donors, defining and monitoring global standards in key areas of development.

The Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) supports the DAC, contributing to developing better policies for better lives through transparent data on development finance, and improved development co-operation practices and policies.

Our work supports the United Nations and its agencies in implementing the SDGs and other international commitments such as the Paris Agreement, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda or the Rio Conventions.