OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: United States 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.
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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.
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.