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DACnews February 2013




Are we ready to meet key development challenges?

This important question – posed by
the DAC Chair in his feature article –
encompasses issues as diverse as
green growth in Africa, big data, the
next generation of development goals,
aid for trade and national statistical
capacity. This issue of DACnews looks
at developments on all of these fronts –
and what they mean for the DAC.

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> Green growth for sustainable development in Africa

> DAC Development Debates (DDD)

> Aid to statistics: Are we doing it right?

> DAC peer reviews: Celebrating 50 years

Point of View:
> The incontrovertible case for aid for trade

> Feature article


> News in brief

> The DAC in recent blogs and articles

> Peer reviews

> Publications

Green growth for sustainable development in Africa

Green growth represents a necessity and an opportunity for advancing Africa’s development in a manner that is not only sustainable, but also more equitable than today’s approaches. Green growth can support inclusive economic growth that improves the environment as well as the health and wealth of the population. Based on country priorities and experiences, policymakers have identified key actions to promote green growth:

  • Advance a long-term vision for national development: In Africa, green growth needs to meet priority short-term needs, including unemployment – particularly among the young – and poverty and inequality across class and gender. In the long-term, green growth should help to meet Africa’s infrastructure deficit, connect it to markets worldwide and regionally, and support the greening of growing cities.
  • Secure high-level political will and stakeholder engagement: High-level political buy-in is essential for promoting green growth and enabling sustainable development, but this should be anchored in increased citizen engagement – building ownership, trust and confidence across stakeholder groups – and with the involvement of the private sector.
  • Review development options in the light of environmental and socio-economic changes: Green growth policies need to build on environmental indicators and information that reflects the environmental costs of economic growth and the value of natural resources. Trends and policy options should be carefully assessed to inform policy choices. For example, South Africa uses environmental indicators as criteria for infrastructure investments; Mauritius has introduced a tax on plastic and fuel products; Rwanda has banned plastic bags.
  • Broaden international financing avenues while supporting local financing mechanisms: External and domestic financing are both needed to support green growth. While ODA flows for environmental protection have increased, climate change ODA to date has predominantly supported mitigation, whereas there is a chronic need in African countries for adaption. This suggests a need to better target green ODA to the needs of countries. To help finance green growth, Rwanda, Mauritius and South Africa have established innovative green funds financed from tax revenue and drawing on private-sector resources.
  • Focus on programmatic rather than project-based solutions: This implies an emphasis on enhanced cross-sector collaboration, with a systemic approach to integrating environmental concerns into sector and structural policies (e.g. skills development and training programmes).

These conclusions emerged from a joint OECD/AFDB Workshop – “Green Growth in Africa: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future” – held in Lusaka, Zambia 15-18 January. Organised in partnership with the Government of Zambia and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the workshop brought together numerous African policymakers to examine the green growth opportunities and challenges for the continent.



DAC Development Debates (DDD)

DAC Development DebatesFrom data poverty to a data deluge? Statistical systems and evidence-based policy making in a post-2015 development framework (21 January 2013)
Recent innovations in producing, processing and disseminating data present opportunities. “Big data” could be used to support early warning systems, for example, mining tweets to assess rainfall patterns or Google searches to detect spikes in illnesses. In many OECD countries, big data is already being used to produce price statistics and national accounts.

PARIS21 and the OECD/DCD co-hosted a DDD to consider these opportunities, as well as potential risks. Among the panel members – Mohamed Taamouti (Moroccan Statistical Office), Emmanuel Letouzé (Development Economist), Paul Schreyer (OECD Statistics Directorate), Isabelle Wittoek (Permanent Delegation of Belgium to the OECD) and Stephan Klasen (Göttingen University) – there was consensus that big data should complement official statistics, rather than provide an alternative. Despite the numerous problems that official data collection faces in developing countries, it offers more accurate, reliable and comparable information than big data, complying with international statistical standards. Participants stressed the need to make use of emerging technologies to strengthen official data. They also highlighted the role national statistical offices should play in quality control of data flows.

SDGs and MDGs: How to combine in a post-2015 goals framework? (22 November 2012)
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have provided the benefit of a universal development framework with clear and measurable development goals. Increasingly, however, the necessary inter-relatedness – e.g. of efforts to end extreme poverty with those directed at improving the environment and tackling global challenges such as climate change – has moved to the centre of development debates and discussions. The notion of a shared framework of global goals that includes sustainable development goals (SDGs) is emerging.

Through Brice Lalonde’s (Executive Co-ordinator of Rio+20) presentation it was clear that reaching a global agreement on SDGs may prove to be difficult. Environmental issues are especially difficult to tackle because of the resulting trade-offs. Mr. Lalonde stressed, however, the need to agree on sustainable production and consumption objectives, and to remain ambitious. Guido Schmidt-Traub (United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network [UNSDSN]) called for a simple, forward looking, inclusive, outcome-focused and politically feasible framework. This framework should bring together the MDG and SDG communities.

Global public goods: A concept for framing post-2015 goals? (31 October 2012)
This DDD deliberated the potential of using a global public goods (GPG) framework for post-2015 goals. Inge Kaul (Hertie School of Governance) suggested that a GPG lens is exactly what we need to frame the emerging global challenges. While retaining the focus on poverty, such an approach would re-conceptualise develop co-operation as the provision of global public good, offering a common understanding and language among the various communities. Addressing questions of practical application, Laurence Tubiana (IDDRI) indicated that for governance for global public goods to be successful, a GPG concept needs to address and work at diverse levels. It is important to identify collective preferences around global public goods to enable policy makers to see and make best use of the benefits and efficiencies of co-operation, especially in areas where interests are aligned. Participants highlighted that by fostering the provision of global public goods, multilateralism could help globalisation to become more stable and manageable, thereby providing benefits for everyone.



Aid to statistics: Are we doing it right?

2012 PRESS Round Key Findings

  • USD 2.3 bn committed to statistics over the period 2010–12
  • 46% of these commitments go to Africa
  • 0.28% is statistics’ share of total official development assistance
  • 54% of total country-specific commitments went to only 15 countries 

The PARIS21 Secretariat recently published results from the 2012 round of its Partner Report on Support to Statistics (PRESS). In its fifth edition, the PRESS exercise reveals positive findings but also some disquieting trends. Is statistical support increasing or decreasing? Is it fairly distributed across countries/ regions? Are donors truly committed to statistical development?

‌Increasing aid to statistics, but overall level remains low
Comparison of global estimated commitments across PRESS roundsFinancial commitments to statistical development over 2010–12 amounted to roughly USD 2.3 billion. Although this ‌represents a significant increase over previous PRESS rounds, as illustrated in the figure to the left, support to statistical development still represents only about 0.25% of all official development assistance (ODA).

Between 2008 and 2011, the regional distribution of commitments to statistics showed a steady shift away from the largest recipient, Africa, with Asia and the Pacific being the primary beneficiary of this change. The 2012 round, however, saw a slight trend of increase toward the African continent. Africa’s 2012 share rose from 41% to 46%, equivalent to USD 1.056 billion in commitments.

Challenges in aid delivery
While the increase in commitments to statistics is certainly encouraging, there are still worrying signs of unbalanced distribution. Commitments are, in fact, heavily concentrated in a small number of countries. The 2012 PRESS exercise captured support to 111 countries; of these, a mere 15 received 40% of total estimated commitments (including unallocated support) and 54% of total country-specific commitments (excluding unallocated support).

The plight of small-island developing states (SIDS) is a source of additional concern. SIDS face many unique development challenges, and despite this are often “aid orphans”. In fact, no SIDS figure among the top 15 recipients of aid targeted to support the development of national statistical systems. (The Dominican Republic – 24th on the list – received the most among SIDS, followed by Haiti at 38th.)

Improvements in the alignment of development programmes with country priorities are also needed. Only 40% of projects/ programmes were confirmed as being aligned with national strategies for the development of statistics (NSDS), down from 52% in the 2011 PRESS Round, despite the fact that 81% of low and lower-middle income countries have an NSDS process already in place.

Going Forward
Of the bottom 50 countries in the PRESS list of aid recipients, the PARIS21 Secretariat is already working with nearly half. Yet, more developing countries need to explicitly express their needs for support through an NSDS. At the same time, development co-operation providers should do a better job at aligning their support with those strategies.

See the PARIS21 Newsletter for more news, available on the redesigned P21 website.



DAC peer reviews: Celebrating 50 years

‌‌OECD-DAC peer reviews of development co-operation celebrated their 50th Anniversary as part of the DAC High Level Meeting 2012. Based on the principles of peer pressure and peer learning, these peer reviews represent the only international process to examine regularly key bilateral development co-operation systems and offer constructive commentary for their reform. In doing so, peer reviews constitute a yardstick against which the DAC can measure the influence – or lack of it – of its good practice principles on donor behaviour, both in the field and at headquarters.  “As we have observed over 50 years now,” stated former DAC Chair J. Brian Atwood (2011-12), “constructive self-criticism and peer learning have worked to improve our programmes.”

‌‌Since their initiation, peer reviews have produced evidence for change. The very first review in 1962, for example, called on members to reverse the trend towards tied aid. In 1981, the DAC conducted a review of aid by the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA)  socialist countries – one of its first major outreach exercises. In 1990, field visits to a development programme of each country under review were introduced; since then 156 field missions have been made to 58 countries to “ground truth” of what has been learnt about each donor. Tanzania has had the most missions (13), followed by Mozambique and Vietnam (8 times each).

Since 2002, 18 observers – from institutions and donors outside the DAC – have participated in peer reviews to learn more about how DAC donors function. Five “special reviews” (of non-DAC countries) have been conducted since 2008, the first being the review of the Czech Republic. Newer donors can also request special reviews to help improve their systems and learn from the experience of others. In 2008, mid-term reviews were introduced to monitor the implementation of peer-review recommendations and look at the impact of change.

There have been 109 full peer reviews of individual DAC members since 1990. 2012 marked the start of the 12 ‌lessons series, highlighting lessons from peer reviews in an easy to use format. Titles published to date include: ‌‌Towards better humanitarian donorship, Supporting partners to develop their capacity, and Partnering with civil society.

‌‌‌Over the past two years, 88% of DAC peer review recommendations have been either partially or fully ‌implemented. Korea, the newest DAC member, launched its first peer review on 30 January 2013. Korea’s success in transforming itself from an aid recipient (as recently as 1995) to an important donor in a short period of time will provide important lessons for other DAC donors.

To view the film and other highlights from the 50th Anniversary celebration, please click here.




The incontrovertible case for aid for trade

By William Hynes, Policy Analyst in the Statistics and Development Finance Division of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate

‌The OECD Policy Dialogue on Aid for Trade (16-17 February 2013) highlighted the transformative role that aid for trade can play in helping developing countries adapt to and take advantage of changing production patterns. OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría, World Trade Organisation Director General Pascal Lamy, and EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht opened the dialogue by noting the achievements of aid for trade; they committed to continue their efforts to secure more and better aid for trade while ensuring that aid for trade remains relevant in a changing trade and development environment.

The emergence of global value chains (GVCs) as a dominant feature in world trade presents new opportunities, but only for those developing countries that can reduce the “thickness” of their borders. There are numerous examples of how aid for trade is helping to reduce queues at border posts, harmonise standards and simplify paperwork, thus lowering the costs of trade; such investments have a high rate of return.

By reducing the costs of importing as well as exporting, and by deepening connectivity with the global market, developing countries can tap into regional and global value chains to accelerate their trade and income growth. The potential of integrating into these value chains is evident in the experiences of a number of developing countries. Costa Rica, for example, has moved from a position as a primary exporter of coffee and bananas to agro-processing, attracting investment for high-tech industry.

Today, value chains offer opportunities to take small steps in production processes that entail low levels of initial investment. In this way, developing countries can enter international markets without having to produce sophisticated final products. Specialisation in specific tasks – such as automobile parts assembly in countries as diverse as Cambodia and Samoa – has allowed them to capture part of the value chain in ways which would not have been possible just a decade ago.

The emergence of GVCs, however, also poses new risks. Countries that are poor and distant, and that compound their isolation through policy barriers to integration, may well be left behind. Aid for trade is indispensible to enable these countries to integrate into the global marketplace and connect to value chains.

I agree with Simon Maxwell of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), who said that the Policy Dialogue made “an incontrovertible case for aid for trade.” Nevertheless, challenges remain. The likelihood of declining aid volumes, increased tying of aid projects and the fact that outside the “aid-for-trade bubble”, aid for trade must still be justified against other priorities for development co-operation are just a few of these. Despite successes, there is no room for complacency.




Erik Solheim took the lead of the DAC in January 2013, a position to which he was unanimously elected. From 2007 to 2012 he held the combined portfolio of Norway’s Minister of the Environment and of International Development; he also served as Norway’s Minister of International Development from 2005 to 2007. During his time as Minister, Mr. Solheim regularly emphasised the importance of conflict prevention, highlighted capital, taxation and business as engines of development, and sought to integrate development assistance into overall foreign policy.

In a changing world, five key challenges for the DAC

Photo of E. Solheim, the DAC chairI am extremely proud to have been selected as Chair of the DAC. This Committee has been at the forefront of ‌development for decades, setting important standards and providing essential co-ordination of development assistance. We can be certain that these efforts represent a huge service to humankind – and in particular to the very poor of this world.

Yet we can also be certain that the DAC will have to change. The world around us is changing and if an institution does not adapt to a changing world, it becomes irrelevant.

Let me point out a few of the most obvious areas where I see changes in the world happening that will impact our activities.

First, our world, which was once bi-polar – or even mono-polar – is becoming increasingly multi-polar. Agreements on major issues today and in the future must involve a growing number of nations; unless we can broadly agree on issues such as trade and climate change, or on conflicts such as those in Syria or Mali, nothing will be achieved. In this new, multi-polar world, there are many nations beyond the DAC that provide important development assistance – and the DAC must engage with them.

Second, the global middle class is larger than ever before, comprising billions of people, and the world by and large is becoming richer. Yet more than one billion people are still living in absolute, extreme poverty – many of them in fragile states. This is inadmissible – we have to make a special effort to identify the specific policies that will make a difference in the lives of these poor. Our aim should be for everybody to be in the middle class with a life expectancy in the 70s or 80s.

Third, the threat to the environment is much clearer and more tangible than in the past. The poor are not the cause of this threat; they may deplete their immediate environment, but this has little impact on global environmental degradation. We should also remember that a number of developing nations are doing a lot to combat climate change and environmental degradation. It is the OECD nations – the rich nations – and to some extent emerging powers who are responsible for threats to species and climate change. So it is for the DAC to respond, but again, in broad, global co-operation.

Fourth, we all know that aid is not the most important financial flow for most developing nations. Granted, for a number of nations – many of them in Africa – it is still of vital importance. Yet for most, aid is just one of a mix of capital flows that includes private investment, trade, remittances, illicit flows, and others. The obvious conclusion is that we should find ways of using development assistance to leverage other capital flows – I think most agree on this in principle. Nonetheless, to find ways of doing this in practice we need to strike true and full partnerships with the private sector, building these from the ground up.

The fifth area where the world is changing is in the development community itself, where the focus has shifted from intentions, or money spent, to results – to real changes on the ground. To date, the statistical systems we have developed have focused on intentions. We have to move rapidly, building systems that are much better at measuring and evaluating results, because this is what counts for the poor people of the world.

What does this mean in practical terms?

To begin with, the DAC must intensify work with the rest of the OECD system, in particular on three key areas:

  1. Taxation, which is at the forefront of the domestic resource mobilisation debate. Taxation is a core OECD competence and this expertise can be most beneficial when applied to developing country situations.
  2. Education – in particular, the Programme for International Student Development (PISA). The PISA program has been highly successful in OECD countries, and while you cannot not take a blueprint from Finland or Korea and translate it to Malawi or Mali, the principles and ideas that drive PISA can make a real difference in developing nations.
  3. Environment, with a focus on green growth. OECD has been at the forefront of the global push for green economic development and the DAC is working to ensure that this knowledge is made relevant to developing nations.

There are certainly many other areas, but these are three key areas where we can and are reaching out.

We also need to increase the number of members in our Committee. To begin with, there are 11 OECD nations that are not members of the DAC; we are making efforts to change this, with encouraging results. In the future we hope that when a nation applies to join OECD, membership in the DAC will be an integral part of that accession procedure.

Yet at the same time, we need to reach out to major nations of the world that may not be – or wish to become – OECD or DAC members, but are or could be key partners in development: countries like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa. The development topics discussed by the DAC should be discussed with a wide audience and open to inputs and contributions from these key partners. 

I look forward to working with a diverse set of stakeholders to ensure that the DAC finds and holds its place in this rapidly changing environment, and that it fulfils its obligation to the poor in the new and challenging, but also fascinating and promising world of the 21st century.



News in brief


2013 Global Forum on Development

The 2013 Global Forum on Development (GFD,4-5 April 2013, OECD Conference Centre, Paris) will promote better understanding of the shifting dynamics of poverty, and of what these will mean for poverty reduction policies in the post-2015 world. The GFD is the first in a series of three forums over the next three years focusing on “Preparing for the Post-2015 World”. These events provide a venue for high-level policy makers, academia, civil society and the private sector to exchange perspectives and explore challenges, opportunities and lessons learned. The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), Development Centre, Statistics Directorate and Paris 21 are hosting the 2012 GFD in co-operation with the European Report on Development, Jeune Afrique and the Africa Report. For more information (including registration), visit

Policy dialogue on triangular co-operation

The OECD Development Co-operation Directorate and the Camões Institute for Cooperation and Language will hold a Policy Dialogue on Triangular Co­­operation in Lisbon, 16-17 May 2013. The conference will provide an opportunity to build consensus on the main characteristics of triangular co-operation, share lessons on good practice and identify actions to support and promote more and better triangular co-operation. This conference will also feature the launch of the OECD report on triangular co-­­­operation (forthcoming). The conclusions of this Policy Dialogue will be presented to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co‑operation with a view to encouraging debate and joint action in the area of triangular co-operation. For further information about DAC Global Relations, see, and for more about Camões Institute for Cooperation and Language, see:

Third Global Meeting of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding

The third global meeting of the International Dialogue will take place on 19 April 2013 in Washington D.C., USA. Covering the theme “The New Deal: Achieving better results in fragile states and shaping the post-2015 global agenda”, it will focus on the successes achieved at the country level through the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. Participants will also discuss concrete action to inform the post-2015 development agenda and global discussions on peace and security.

Detailed final 2011 aid figures released by the OECD-DAC

Final aid figures for 2011 were released on 20 December 2012. These figures add significant detail to the preliminary official development assistance (ODA) statistics released yearly in April. The final figures show that in 2011, net ODA was USD 134 billion, representing 0.31% of donors’ combined gross national income. OECD’s Aid Statistics data are unique in their richness, comprehensiveness and scope of coverage. They cover aid- and development-related official and private flows from DAC members, multilateral agencies, regional development banks, a large number of non-DAC countries and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The OECD estimates that it captures 95% of global ODA spending. Access the 2011 aid figures.

Ben Dickinson appointed Head of the OECD’s Tax and Development Programme

Mr. Dickinson took up his duties on 1 January 2013. As Head of Programme, Mr. Dickinson will work with the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and the Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) to deliver the OECD’s objectives for supporting developing countries to mobilise domestic resources, a key pillar of the OECD’s Strategy on Development.

Mr. Dickinson joined the OECD in 2005 as Head of the Governance and Fragile States Unit in the DCD, responsible for the Development Assistance Committee’s work on economic governance, conflict and security matters. In this capacity Mr. Dickinson was the architect of several of the Organisation’s high profile initiatives including the Partnership for Democratic Governance and the International Network for Conflict and Fragility. In 2009, Mr. Dickinson began work on establishing the OECD’s horizontal work on taxation and development and illicit financial flows, working with the Committee on Fiscal Affairs and the DAC. Mr. Dickinson, a UK national, holds a Master’s in Development Studies from the University of Manchester.



The DAC in recent blogs and articles



Coverage of the first Korea Peer Review included:

Korea should increase untied aid”, Korea Economic Daily, 30 January 2013 (Only available in Korean).

Korea’s Official Development Assistance tripled over 5 years”, Daily An, 30 January 2013 (Only available in Korean).

Korea should manage integrated development assistance”, E Joongang News, 30 January 2013 (Only available in Korean).

High loan component representing almost 40% of Korea’s total aid”, Kyunghyang Shinmun, 29 January 2013 (Only available in Korean).

Recipient to donor, Korea’s aid tripled over 5 years”, Money Today, 29 January 2013 (Only available in Korean).

Korea: a growing influence in the field of development co-operation”, 4-traders, 29 January 2013.

Korea’s growing international influence in development co-operation”, Yonhapnews, 29 January 2013 (Only available in Korean).

Korea should integrate development assistance”, Yonhapnews, 29 January 2013 (Only available in Korean).


Coverage of the Aid for Trade Policy Dialogue 2013 included:


"Global value chains and social welfare", by Debapriya Bhattacharya (Centre for Policy Dialogue), Overseas Development Institute Podcasts, 17 January 2013.

"Addressing the constraints of Aid for Trade", by Carlos Braga (Professor of International Political Economy, International Institute for Management Development [IMD]), Overseas Development Institute Podcasts, 17 January 2013.

"Reducing 'thickness' of borders in Zambia", by Yvonne Chileshe (Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia), Overseas Development Institute Podcasts, 17 January 2013.

"Aid for Trade in Rwanda", by François Kanimba (Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda), Overseas Development Institute Podcasts, 17 January 2013.

"Securing the future of Aid for Trade", by Pascal Lamy (WTO Director General), Overseas Development Institute Podcasts, 17 January 2013.

"Remaining challenges of Aid for Trade", by David Luke (Trade and Human Development Unit, United Nations Development Programme [UNDP]), Overseas Development Institute Podcasts, 17 January 2013.

"Aid for Trade and development outcomes", by Jeremy Lefroy (Member of Parliament for Stafford, United Kingdom), Overseas Development Institute Podcasts, 17 January 2013.

"Why Aid for Trade must not forget informal workers", by Jacqueline Maleko (Minister of Trade and Industry, Tanzania), Overseas Development Institute Podcasts, 17 January 2013.

"Aid for Trade and Trade Mark East Africa", by Frank Matsaert (Chief Executive Officer, Trade Mark East Africa), Overseas Development Institute Podcasts, 17 January 2013.

"Aid for Trade and the Solomon Islands", by Moses Mose (Ambassador of the Soloman Islands), Overseas Development Institute Podcasts, 17 January 2013.

"Aid for Trade: Where next?", by Shree Servansing (Ambassador for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mauritius), Overseas Development Institute Podcasts, 17 January 2013.



"Lamy lauds USD 200 billion mobilized in Aid for Trade funding", WTO News, 16 January 2013 (également disponible en français).

"Aid for Trade: Integrating global value chains", by Gunnar Oom (State Secretary to Sweden's Minister for Trade), OECD Insights, 16 January 2013; also available at Business Fights Poverty.

Aid for Trade: Continued success in a rapidly evolving environment”, by Angel Gurría (OECD Secretary-General), OECD Insights, 15 January 2013; also available at Business Fights Poverty.

"Aid for Trade: Helping developing countries trade their way out of poverty", by Karel De Gucht (EU Trade Commissioner), OECD Insights, 14 January 2013; also available at Business Fights Poverty.

"Aid for Trade: Renewing the impetus", by Pascal Lamy (WTO Director General), OECD Insights, 12 January 2013; also available at Business Fights Poverty.

"Aid for Trade needs to shift from policy to greater action", European Centre for Development Policy Management, 11 January 2013.


Other blogs, videos and articles:

Atelier de restitution de l’audit des marchés publics 2009-2010 : pour plus d’efficacité et d’excellence dans la gestion des ressources publiques”, Niger Diaspora, 12 February 2013.

Jean-Pascal Labille: ‘User de notre rôle de levier’”, La Libre, 11 February 2013.

As EU pares budgets, Turkey and Korea step up aid spending”, The Guardian, 7 February 2013.

Übersickt: Das 0,7-Prozent-Ziel in Europa”,, 23 January 2013.

Interview of former DAC Chair J. Brian Atwood by Research Media Limited, International Innovation, 16 January 2013.

"Aid should focus on sustainable development", The Guatemala Times, 2 January 2013.

"Is it time to rethink the ODA concept?", Devex's Development Newswire, 6 December 2012.

"Go Long: Six Actions to Structurally Address Organized Violence", by J. Brian Atwood (DAC Chair) and Erwin van Veen (Policy Analyst on Peace and Security), International Peace Institute, 5 December 2012.



Peer reviews

DAC peer review of Korea 2012:

An aid recipient less than two decades ago, Korea is now a donor and sharing its experience of how to use development co-operation as a catalyst to promote long-term sustainable growth in other countries. Over the past five years, Korea has trebled its official development assistance (ODA) to USD 1,325 million per year, or 0.12% of its gross national income; the country is committed to further doubling its ODA by 2015. The OECD’s first ever Review of the Development Co-operation Policies and Programmes of Korea says that the government must manage this steep increase carefully to make its aid effective.


DAC peer review of Luxembourg 2012:
Luxembourg allocated 0.97% of its gross national income, or USD 413 million, to official development assistance in 2011. “Luxembourg is the Development Assistance Committee’s third most generous donor as a portion of its economy – after Sweden and Norway – and it has a high quality programme,” said former DAC Chair Brian Atwood (2010-12). “We commend Luxembourg’s commitment to keeping its ODA at 1% of GNI until 2014.” The OECD’s review of Luxembourg’s development policies and programmes notes the country’s strong stand on reducing poverty, humanitarian assistance and its effective work with 9 developing country partners.




Aid in support of gender equality in education and health examines the extent to which DAC members’ aid to education and health addresses gender equality and women’s empowerment objectives. In 2009 and 2010, DAC members committed USD 4.7 billion/year and USD 4.4 billion/year respectively to this objective.


Geographical distribution of financial flows to developing countries: Disbursements, commitments, country indicators is an online database that provides comprehensive data on the volume, origin and types of aid and other resource flows to around 150 developing countries. The data show each country’s intake of official development assistance as well as other official and private funds from members of the DAC, multilateral agencies and other donors. This database is also available on the OECD iLibrary.



USD 134 billion, down by -2.3% in real terms, and 0.31% of DAC members’ combined GNI.


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