OECD.org - Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC) www.oecd.org OECD-CPI Dialogue: Improving Transparency and Accountability through Improved Tracking of Climate Finance Flows The OECD and CPI organised a Dialogue on "Improving Transparency and Accountability through Improved Tracking of Climate Finance Flows" on 22 September in New York. India's Development Co-operation According to OECD estimates, India’s total concessional development finance amounted to USD 653 million in 2012, compared to USD 790 million in 2011 (OECD estimates). India channelled 6% (USD 47 million) of its development financing through multilateral organisations in 2012. Geographical Distribution of Financial Flows to Developing Countries - 2014 Edition This publication provides comprehensive data on the volume, origin and types of aid and other resource flows to around 150 developing countries. Switzerland on track to meet aid targets; should play greater leadership role Switzerland provided USD 3 billion in official development assistance (ODA) in 2012, or 0.45% of its gross national income (GNI), in line with its goal to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2015. Donors doing too little to strengthen domestic revenues in fragile states, OECD says International donors are not doing enough to help fragile states increase their domestic revenue, according to a new OECD report that shows only a tiny fraction of development aid goes into programmes to improve tax collection. DAC Prize The idea of the DAC prize is to reward those who invest systematically and strategically into using innovation to solve development problems, by taking it to scale. The prize thus focuses on a policy challenge regarding the use of innovation, which is as yet largely unaddressed, while also being a reflection of the nature of the DAC as a policy body. Deadline for Detailed final 2012 aid figures released by OECD/DAC The detailed final aid figures for 2012 are now available on the OECD Aid Statistics web site. The new data add significant detail to preliminary Official Development Assistance (ODA) statistics that were released in April 2013. Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: Measuring OECD Responses Strengthening OECD firewalls can only do so much to combat a phenomenon which thrives on weak governance. This report highlights that donor agencies can support this goal through their central role in linking OECD and developing countries, and using their aid to support governments willing to tackle these issues. Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty The Development Co-operation Report (DCR) 2013 explores what needs to be done to achieve rapid and sustainable progress in the global fight to reduce poverty. Development Co-operation Report 2014: Mobilising resources for sustainable development The Development Co-operation Report (DCR) 2014: Mobilising resources for sustainable development Can we really end poverty? On 5 December, the OECD will launch the Development Cooperation Report 2013: Ending Poverty. To coincide with this, Intelligence Squared will host a panel of experts to discuss the key issues that the report raises. For more information, visit the Intelligence Squared event page. Written Statement to the Development Committee (12 October 2013) We need to design a new vision, a new agenda and a unique post-2015 framework addressing economic, social and environmental challenges in a more integrated manner, said Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Erik Solheim, Chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee. Sweden is a generous aid donor that has put development at the heart of its foreign policy Sweden delivered USD 5.24 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.99% of its gross national income (GNI). It is the second most generous member of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups the world’s major donors, when ODA is measured on a GNI basis. The Slovak Republic joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) The Slovak Republic has become the 27th member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the leading international forum for bilateral providers of development co-operation. Launch of Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013 We have come a long way since 2005, when we launched the Aid for Trade initiative in Hong Kong at the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference. Each successive global review has deepened our analysis and broadened our understanding of the dynamics of aid, trade, development and their interaction. In parallel, more and more partner countries and donors have come on board as the tangible results of our efforts become apparent. G20 Development Working Group Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth, July 2013 This workshop expanded the G20 Development Working Group’s (DWG) dialogue with representatives from developing countries on the lessons learned from their own experiences in designing and implementing inclusive green growth strategies. France - a good donor but must ensure that poor countries get the aid they need France’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) was USD 12.1 billion in 2012, making it the 4th largest member of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee in terms of the volume of aid. However, this represents 0.46% of French Gross National Income (GNI) – below France’s international commitment. The review recommends that France plan to reach the 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio as soon as possible. Aid for Trade and Development Results: A Management Framework The purpose of this OECD Study is to provide the aid-for-trade community with good practices in designing and introducing results frameworks for aid-for-trade projects, and programmes based on country-defined quantifiable targets and a menu of limited number of indicators to measure performance (i.e. outcomes and impacts). We have prepared case studies focusing on Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Vietnam. Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development This publication explains why green growth is vital to secure a more sustainable future for developing countries. Covering 74 policies and measures from 37 countries and 5 regional initiatives, this publication outlines an action-oriented twin-track agenda to guide national and international policies and practices to successfully tackle green growth. The OECD welcomes the Czech Republic to the Development Assistance Committee The Czech Republic is now the 26th member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Australia: Can deliver a growing aid budget effectively and efficiently Australia delivered USD 5.44 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.36% of its gross national income. It is the eighth most generous country in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups the world’s major donors. Australia’s goal is to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2017 – a goal the DAC encourages it to follow through on, given its good track record and relatively strong economy. Workshop on Evaluating Support to Private Sector Development This day-long workshop will bring together the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) and the OECD DAC Network on Development Evaluation, along with other key actors and development finance institutions, to share experiences on evaluating private sector-oriented development co-operation. Aid to poor countries slips further as governments tighten budgets Development aid fell by 4% in real terms in 2012, following a 2% fall in 2011. The continuing financial crisis and euro zone turmoil has led several governments to tighten their budgets, which has had a direct impact on aid to poor countries. There is also a noticeable shift in aid away from the poorest countries and towards middle-income countries. A moderate recovery in aid levels is expected in 2013. 2013 Global Forum on Development 4-5 April 2013 The OECD’s annual Global Development Forum will focus on ways to reduce poverty and promote social cohesion. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, with Olusengun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, will open the Forum at 13:00 on Thursday 4 April. They will be joined by the Chair of the Development Assistance Committeee, Eric Solheim. Development Effectiveness Review of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 2006 - 2010 (donor neutral version) The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has completed its Development Effectiveness Review of the Asian Development Bank. Global Forum on Development 2013 The 2013 Global Forum on Development (GFD) is designed to promote a better understanding of what the shifting dynamics of poverty mean for the poverty reduction policies to be pursued by governments, international organisations and others in the post-2015 world. Korea: a growing influence in the field of development co-operation 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. Aid for Trade Policy Dialogue 2013 This OECD Policy Dialogue brought together a wide range of stakeholders - policy makers, practitioners, academics, private sector and civil society - from developing and developed countries. Participants discussed what needs to be done to continue delivering aid for trade results in this changing international environment for trade and development. Green Growth in Africa Workshop January 15-18 2013: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future Information on and background documents for the Green Growth African Regional Workshops, 15-18 January 2013. The workshops presented conceptual issues and policy tool kits on implementing green growth policy measures and strategic environmental assessments. Media Alert: Trade events at the OECD on 16-17 January 2013 OECD and WTO to present new approach for measuring global trade 10.00 – 11.00 a.m. 16 January 2013, OECD Conference Centre, Paris Ministers pledge to finance effective development Development ministers from OECD and emerging economies met in London 4 - 5 December for the High Level Meeting of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee(DAC). DAC High Level Meeting 2012 This meeting offers an opportunity for political leaders to agree on joint action and forge a common vision for advancing development in a challenging and dynamic international context. At a juncture that will define development co-operation for years to come, the HLM will focus on three strategic issues: Post-2015 development agenda, Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and external development finance. Development Co-operation Report 2012 Noted actors in development share their views on what progress has been made from the past 50 years, the remaining challenges and the way toward a more efficient future in development. Development: Finland should not back-track on its aid commitments, says OECD Finland is making efforts to improve its development co-operation, sharpening the focus of its efforts and emphasising the importance of human rights. Highlights of Multilateral Aid over the past 5 years - Policy Brief The share of aid delivered by multilateral organisations has grown steadily over the past 20 years. In 2011 it reached almost USD 55 billion, equivalent to 40% of gross official development assistance (ODA) from OECD Development Assistance Committee member countries. This policy brief provides the highlights from the DAC's work on multilateral aid over the past 5 years. DACnews September 2012 DACnews is designed to help development practitioners keep abreast of DAC work so that we can increase its reach and impact. DACnews brings you the latest news, statistics and best practice recommendations from the OECD DAC plus guest speakers and comment from leaders in development. DACnews July 2012: Challenging complexity, growing opportunity As new international development co-operation structures are put in place, the challenges for development policy and programmes continue to grow in complexity. At the same time, new opportunities charged with potential are emerging. The shifting geography of poverty, the promise of green growth, the changing contexts of governance and rule of law, and the increasing pressure to curb illicit flows are some of the issues we look at. Food Security and Nutrition The human and economic costs of food insecurity are enormous. Nearly one billion people are permanently suffering from hunger. DAC members and partner Governments are channelling increased resources into agriculture in order to help achieve food security and MDG 1 – halving hunger by 2015. EU development co-operation: improving but still cumbersome The European Union is a major player in global development, co-ordinating coherent actions amongst its 27 member states and providing direct support to developing countries. Spain’s development aid much improved, but still needs more focus Though the economic crisis has forced Spain to cut public spending in the past year, including to development co-operation, its aid has almost doubled since 2003. Spain still has plans to meet the international target of committing 0.7% of its gross national income to development aid. Collaborative Evaluations The DAC Network on Development Evaluation promotes joint evaluations as a tool for mutual accountability and learning. In order to enhance transparency and facilitate collaboration, members of the Network have agreed to systematically share future evaluation plans. The Network has served as the coordinating hub for major international joint evaluations.