Direction de la coopération pour le développement

DAC Standards


DAC Recommendation on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of All Women and Girls in Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Assistance 



DAC Recommendation on Enabling Civil Society

The first international standard for donors to maximise the contribution of civil society to the 2030 Agenda.



DAC Recommendation on Ending Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment in Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Assistance: Key Pillars of Prevention and Response

This recommendation sets out a first international standard in this area for governments to apply to national aid agencies when working with civil society, charities, and other bodies running development programs or delivering humanitarian aid. It should help countries become better equipped to improve systems to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct in the development sector, with a clear framework that puts survivors and victims first. 



DAC Recommendation on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus

This recommendation aims to promote more coherent action among the world’s leading donors of humanitarian, development and peace programmes in fragile and conflict contexts.



DAC Recommendation on Good Pledging Practice

The Recommendation encourages Adherents to introduce and maintain within their existing governance structures for policy coherence, a clear and integrated framework to promote policy coherence for development and translate political commitment on policy coherence for development into practice; and work towards assessment of the impacts that domestic policies may have on wider development efforts.


DAC Recommendation on Untying Official Development Assistance to the Least Development Countries and Highly Indebted Poor Countries

This Recommendation invites DAC members to untie their bilateral official development assistance to the Least Developed Countries as a means to foster co-ordinated, efficient and effective partnerships with developing countries; strengthen the ownership and responsibility of partner countries in the development process; demonstrate responsiveness to the requests from partner countries and others to increase the use of untied aid in order to promote aid effectiveness; and contribute to broader efforts with partner countries to promote their integration into the global economy.

2001      2007 Update  2019 Update

DAC Recommendation on the Terms and Conditions of Aid

The Recommendation invites DAC members to extend their ODA commitments with an average annual grant element of at least 86% overall.



Recommendation of the Council on Environmental Assessment of Development Assistance Projects and Programmes

This Recommendation lays out the process of applying environmental assessment to development assistance projects and programmes at the feasibility study, planning and implementation stages and recommends an environmental checklist for decision-makers.

2020 consolidation of three previous recommendations





Recommendation of the Council on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development

This Recommendation supports Adherents in ensuring that measures implemented to address the COVID-19 crisis are consistent with efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) at home and abroad.

2019 update


Recommendation of the Council for Development Co-operation Actors on Managing the Risk of Corruption

Adherents should set up or revise their system to manage risks of and respond to actual instances of corrupt practices in development co-operation.



Recommendation of the Council on Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas

Recommendation on operations in sourcing minerals from conflict-affected or high-risk areas with the aim of ensuring that they respect human rights, avoid contributing to conflict and successfully contribute to sustainable, equitable and effective development.



OECD DAC Blended Finance Principles for Unlocking Commercial Finance for the Sustainable Development Goals

A five-point checklist to ensure blended finance meets accepted quality standards and achieves impact.




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