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.
“Switzerland’s ODA has increased steadily since 2010 and its policy of long-term commitments to recipient countries serves as an example to more unpredictable donors,” said OECD DAC Chair Erik Solheim. “Switzerland is well-placed to become a more visible leader on development issues and can capitalise on its extensive experience on the ground to influence global policy in areas like conflict, fragility, food security and climate change.”
“Norway focuses on global issues that are important for the country and for the international role it plays, such as peace-building, climate change and global health,” said Vice DAC Chair Ana Paula Fernandes.
Peer reviews provide in-depth examinations of development systems and policies, including lessons learned, in all DAC member countries.
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Robust, independent evaluation of development programmes provides information about what works, what does not and why. This learning contributes to improving the development effectiveness of aid and helps hold donors and partner country governments accountable for results. As a platform for evaluation learning and co-ordination, the Evaluation Network develops shared norms and standards and facilitates our members' efforts towards joint work by encouraging them to share and co-ordinate their plans for future evaluations.
Each DAC member country is peer reviewed roughly every four years with two main aims: to help the country understand where it could improve its development strategy and structures so that it can increase the effectiveness of its investment; and to identify and share good practice in development policy and strategy. Led by examiners from two DAC member states, the process typically takes around six months to complete and culminates with the publication of the findings.