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Strategic Vision for DAC Outreach and Engagement 2023-24

The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) engages with development actors beyond the Committee’s membership to improve the relevance and impact of its work. Its objectives in doing this are to:

• Enrich policy dialogue and knowledge sharing on development co-operation.
• Ensure that the DAC decision-making and dialogue processes are more transparent and inclusive, and that the DAC’s membership reflects the current development landscape.



To adapt to increasing global challenges and seize opportunities to promote an inclusive, sustainable, and peaceful development co-operation landscape, the global development co-operation community needs to share knowledge and experiences, including through disseminating existing international standards to collectively deliver better development co-operation outcomes. In this regard, in the spirit of mutual learning, both members and non-members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) can work together to advance internationally agreed principles of development co-operation.

The updated DAC Global Relations Strategic Directions (GRSD) sets out the strategic vision for outreach and engagement of the DAC for 2023-2024 and builds on the DAC’s efforts to increase engagement based on openness and mutual learning as already expressed in 2011, when the DAC welcomed the contribution of all providers of development co-operation resources and expertise and expressed the Committee’s hope to forge new relationships with these partners through open dialogue. The DAC has since then aimed to learning from the approaches and practices of others, “to influence and be influenced” and will continue to do so aligning with the principles of development effectiveness. The following objectives guide the DAC’s strategic approach in this regard:

• Engage with partners with a view to improve the effectiveness of the global development co-operation architecture and increase the impact of our collective action;
• Advance transparency, fairness, and accountability in development co-operation policies and advance the common goals of the 2030 agenda;
• Seize opportunities to strengthen mutually beneficial dialogues in order to support the promotion of internationally agreed standards, and to promote mutual learning and shared responsibilities for more impactful development cooperation policies.

To implement those objectives, the DAC GRSD focuses on three main priorities for engagement:

• Engagement with other official development co-operation providers , in particular Arab countries and institutions , Brazil, the People’s Republic of China (hereafter “China"), India, Indonesia, and South Africa, notably through triangular co-operation.
• Dialogue and engagement with partner countries, in particular Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and with African countries and institutions.
• Contribute to OECD-wide efforts to engage with partners for mutual learning and understanding, disseminating OECD standards through multilateral and regional fora and supporting OECD-wide regional approaches, as well as country-specific approaches.


Engagement with other official development co-operation providers.

In 2023-24, the DAC will concentrate outreach efforts on main providers of development co-operation, notably Arab countries and institutions, Brazil (accession candidate country to the OECD), China, India, Indonesia, and South Africa. In addition to providing development finance, these providers are also partners for developing countries, through South-South and triangular co-operation.

This engagement will focus on the contribution of other official development co-operation providers to progress the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In doing so, DAC’s engagement will promote mutual learning and understanding, alignment with the principles of development effectiveness and the dissemination and implementation of OECD standards and other DAC worked related to development, including DAC Recommendations; foster transparency, fairness, and accountability; deepen knowledge sharing (e.g. sharing data), facilitate investments in mutual learning and policy analysis; engage in more triangular partnerships; incentivise broader international engagement in policy dialogues, such as the Global Meeting of Development Co-operation Providers; encourage participation in DAC meetings (including sessions on the DAC Peer Reviews and meetings of the DAC’s subsidiary bodies) and promote additional synergies with the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).


Dialogue with Partner countries, notably SIDS, LDCs, and African countries and institutions

In 2023-24, the DAC will engage with partners that are developing countries (notably with a strong focus on SIDS, LDCs, and African countries and institutions). Engagement with them will provide insights into development co-operation needs, understanding on the impact of the relevant DAC standards and policy recommendations as well as on the modalities and impact of other official providers, and how we can learn from each other. Engagement with non-Members could serve to strengthen partners’ institutions and address potential sustainability risks in these countries, including on financing for sustainable development and on debt sustainability. Engagement with these partners will also aim to advance the development effectiveness principles. The DAC work on Africa will be aligned with and contribute to the OECD-Africa Partnership.


Contributions to OECD wide efforts to disseminate OECD standards and engage with Partners for mutual learning and understanding, through multilateral and regional fora and supporting OECD-wide regional approaches, as well as country-specific approaches

  1. The DAC will contribute to the OECD-Africa Partnership, its main pillars being based on DAC’s work and expertise. The DAC will contribute to OECD regional approaches, such as the LAC Regional Programme, the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme and the Southeast Asia Regional Programme. The DAC’s global engagement in 2023-24 will also aim to support implementation of the OECD support for Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction and the OECD Country Programme for Ukraine. The DAC will also engage horizontally across the OECD, including working with the Development Centre.
  2. The DAC will engage with partners in the spirit of learning, mutual understanding and sharing work to disseminate OECD standards related to development, notably in the context of the G7, the G20, the United Nations, the COP, and other multilateral and regional Fora and other partnerships (e.g. the GPEDC and Total Official Support for Sustainable Development). At the same time, the DAC will ensure that the DAC’s work takes account of learning in other international and regional fora, ensuring that the DAC work is supportive and in alignment with the international development system where appropriate.
  3. The DAC will strengthen its engagement with partners also by working with civil society and private sector, as well as other relevant stakeholders to strengthen whole-of -society approaches for development co-operation.

In line with the Resolution of the Council on Partnerships in OECD Bodies [C(2012)100/REV2/FINAL], OECD committees are expected to develop Global Relations Strategic Directions (GRSD) providing frameworks for the participation of non-Members in their work.

See the 2011 DAC Statement on welcoming new partnerships in international development co-operation. [DCD/DAC(2011)10/REV1].

Some official providers are both providers and recipients of development co-operation. The DAC’s engagement should account for this dual role.

Those participating in the Arab-DAC Dialogue.

Specific topics include tracking and analysing funding flows to Ukraine and identifying existing gaps, analysing Ukrainian case as a part of peer learning exercise on locally led development- to be updated after External Relations Committee defines the scope of the Country Programme.



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