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Special Review of Iceland's Development Co-operation (2012)


Following a request by Iceland, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducted, from November 2012 to January 2013, a Special Review of the country’s development co-operation programme. The review was carried out by Advisors from Australia and Denmark, as well as representatives of the OECD Secretariat. Its main objective was to provide critical, helpful and respectful insights to the Icelandic authorities as they pursued their ambitions to reform their development co-operation programme.

The Special Review found that Iceland had put in place a legal foundation and a comprehensive strategy for its development co-operation programme. It has also an institutional framework with sufficient operational capacity to provide official development assistance (ODA). In addition, Iceland is committed to increasing its budget for ODA despite a challenging economic context. Nevertheless, the country’s development co-operation faces certain challenges, including the need for further refining of its aid strategy, strengthening the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA), improving monitoring and evaluation systems, as well as further engaging and communicating with key stakeholders and the public at large.

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Iceland was the sixth country to undergo a Special Review, after the Slovak Republic and Slovenia (both 2011), Poland (2010),  Korea (2008) and the Czech Republic (2007). Special Reviews are a consultative processes, drawing on the DAC’s experience and methodology for conducting peer reviews. The DAC welcomes the Special Reviews as the opportunity to share experiences with and learn from the perspectives and expertise of providers of development co-operation that are not members of the Committee.



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