Development Co-operation Directorate

DAC Temporary Working Group on Refugees and Migration


‌The Temporary Working Group on Refugees and Migration was put in place during the 2016 High Level Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The group aims to deliver on the following two objectives by 2017:

  1. Support the capacity of DAC members to deliver whole-of-government solutions in developing countries of origin, transit and destination, with a particular focus on delivering better quality results on the ground.
  2. Improve the consistency, comparability, and transparency of reporting of ODA-eligible, in-donor refugee costs, by aligning the respective methods for calculating these costs.


The work of the Temporary Working Group (TWG) on Refugees and Migration builds on existing good practices, learning lessons and seeking options to use ODA more effectively. In its work the TWG draws on expertise across the Directorate and the OECD. It also provides a forum for members to: deepen their understanding of forced displacement; identify and address common challenges; find opportunities for collaboration and creation of partnerships; agree on ways to engage with stakeholders; contribute to more inclusive, transparent and credible policy responses; and lead by example. The TWG will undertake an evidence-based review of policy coherence issues, financing instruments and effective  partnerships with the aim of developing a Guidance to support the capacity of DAC members in making development assistance more efficient and effective.

(Source, graphic > right: UNHCR)



Many DAC members are facing unprecedented and escalating inflows of refugees and migrants. In 2015, more than 1 million people crossed the Mediterranean Sea to look for international protection in Europe. In total, about 1.5 million claimed asylum in OECD countries in the same year. This is almost twice the number recorded in 2014 and the highest number ever.

Official Development Assistance (ODA) has played an important role in supporting the costs of providing refugees with temporary sustenance in OECD countries. Under the direction and expertise of the Statistics & Development Finance Division, the OECD will help DAC members to clarify the Reporting Directives pertaining to in-donor country refugee costs; map categories of costs currently reported and compile more accurate and accessible data. These efforts will contribute to enhancing comparability, transparency and credibility of ODA spent in donor countries. Click here to see the latest figures on 2016 ODA.



Refugees and development graphic: 65.3 forcibly displaced 

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Terms of Reference for the Temporary Working Group on Refugees and Migration

Sets out the specific goals and timeline for the working group, as established by members during the High Level Meeting in 2016. Available also in French

ODA Reporting of In-Donor
Country Refugee Costs

This report identifies current members’ methodologies for calculating costs.




Refugee Realities Exhibition - highlights the creativity of refugees working towards self-reliance and aims to contribute to building a positive narrative around refugees and their contributions to host societies. May 15 -19 at OECD Headquarters. Click for more information about the photographs in Kenya and France.

OECD Special Event, co-organised with the Middle East and North Africa Division: Building Economic Resilience In MENA: addressing displacement with job creation policies (7 March, 2017)

Side event at the HLM2 of Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation: Meeting the SDGs: :Invitation and Panellist and Summary Note  (1 Dec 2016). 

World Bank presents new Report at OECD: Forcibly Displaced: Towards A Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced, and Their Host. Find summary notes on the seminar here



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