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Italy - OECD Peer Review of Development Co-operation, 2014


Italy increases aid contributions but should address working practices, OECD says

Italy has raised its aid contributions and its future targets, reversing a trend of falling development assistance, and now needs to take action on recommendations to improve the way it manages its aid programmes, according to a new OECD review.

The latest Peer Review of Italy by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) finds that Italy’s contribution to international development could be more effective with a clearer overall strategy, more rigorous management and closer co-ordination across government departments.

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Strong links with Italian-based multilateral institutions

Italy enjoys close relations with the international organisations based in Rome. Excluding humanitarian aid, agriculture and food security are the major sectors that receive its multilateral assistance. This support is provided through Rome-based institutions (FAO, IFAD and the World Food Programme, WFP), to which Italy is an important contributor. It is coupled with Italy’s long-standing support to agriculture, provided either through the bilateral programme or at the international level, as shown in 2009 when the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative was adopted during the Italian Presidency of the G8. 

Rome-based institutions appreciate this long-standing close relationship with the Italian government. In particular, Italy has a five-year framework agreement with IFAD, which was renewed in 2011. Italian ODA channeled through IFAD doubled following the L’Aquila summit in 2009 and then increased steadily. A slight increase is planned over 2013-15 despite the economic crisis. (Box 3.1, p.49)

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