Peer reviews of DAC members


  • Spain needs to fulfil its commitment to reverse decline in development aid

    Spain’s official development assistance (ODA) dropped by 68% between 2010 and 2014, after an almost threefold rise from 2000 to 2009, says the latest DAC Peer Review. Spain’s gradual economic recovery should enable it to start reversing the sharp decline and focus more of its aid budget on the least developed countries. The Review commends Spain for its strong focus on reducing poverty and inequality in its focus regions. It says there is room for improvement, however, in the way Spain co-ordinates and monitors its development assistance and in human resource management.

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  • Portugal needs to increase its development aid and improve oversight

    “Portugal brings many positive elements to international development. This includes a forward-looking vision, a tight geographic focus and a commitment to partner countries which have a strong voice in aid projects. These assets could be more effectively deployed if Portugal commits to increase its aid volume, untie its aid and improve the co-ordination and oversight of its aid programme,” said DAC Chair Erik Solheim.

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  • Germany should work to meet its aid goal and its geographic priorities

    Germany’s foreign aid is at a record high and rising, but more effort will be needed to reach an internationally agreed donors’ target and fulfil Germany’s own goal to send more aid to the neediest countries, according to a new OECD Review. The Review praises Germany for being at the forefront of using ODA to leverage private sector investment for sustainable development. Germany also stands out for its commitment and innovative approaches to financing climate change action and for efforts to improve the quality of its aid.

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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.

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How peer reviews work

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.

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Lessons from peer reviews

What are countries doing to fulfill their development co-operation objectives and public commitments? Drawing on lessons from our peer reviews, we produce a range of publications that look at different aspects of this question. Managing Aid: Practices of DAC Member Countries is one example. Another is Effective Aid Management: Twelve Lessons from DAC Peer Reviews, designed to help aid practitioners improve their management and delivery of development assistance by learning from each others' experience.

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