Development Co-operation Report

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The annual report of the Chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). It provides detailed statistics on and analysis of each member’s foreign aid programmes (offical development assistance - ODA) as well as an overview of trends and issues currently being discussed in the development community.

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Development Co-operation Report 2001

Development Co-operation Report 2001

Efforts and Policies of the Members of the Development Assistance Committee You or your institution have access to this content

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18 Mar 2002
9789264194182 (PDF) ;9789264191877(print)

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The events of 11 September have strengthened the conviction that a world without violence, terrorism and conflict also means a world freed from exclusion, vulnerability and inequality, a world where opportunities exist for all. The 2001 Development Co-operation Report highlights the work over the last year of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee on the multiple challenges of creating such a world.

Chapter I suggests that the international community has now created the consensus and the instruments needed to address these challenges and that what is needed now is a dynamic process of implementation. Chapter II discusses policy coherence issues. In this respect, the adoption in the DAC last year of the Recommendation on Untying ODA to the Least Developed Countries is a breakthrough.

In the perspective of the March 2002 International Conference on Financing for Development, Chapter III considers the means and structures needed to generate the financing required to support the Millennium Development Goals and thus attack global poverty. Chapter IV describes recent developments in the policies and aid programmes of DAC Members and outlines the work of the new DAC Task Force on Donor Practices.

Chapter V shows how preventing violent conflict can bring enormous benefits in terms of poverty reduction and growth, and in terms of world-wide security.  Chapter VI focuses on the Information and Communication Technology - a vital tool for development -, and on its immense potential to change the "aid business" and create new models for development.

This year’s report also includes a "Special Module" on monitoring progress on the Millennium Development Goals and a new section - "The DAC at Work" - which provides information on the structure and work of the Development Assistance Committee, its subsidiary bodies, and the Development Co-operation Directorate.

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  • New Impetus, New Challenges

    In the realm of development co-operation policies, the first year of the century made its mark and delivered its message in a brutally contrasting manner. A number of encouraging events would suggest that implementation of the policies, strategies and frameworks for action that have matured in recent years is now under way. At the same time, the shock waves emanating from the horror and violence in New York on 11 September 2001 sound a call for shared political will, determination and a sense of urgency. The task at hand is to sustain a dynamic and long-lasting process founded on global partnership...

  • Policy Coherence for Development

    "We are committed to shaping globalisation to the benefit of all, and ensuring that the poorest are not left behind. We recognise the need, nationally and internationally, to bring greater coherence across the range of policies that impact on the achievement of this goal. Trade, investment and development policies, in particular, have a vital contribution to make to sustainable development and poverty reduction: strengthening policy 1coherence among these areas deserves special attention."...

  • Perspectives on Financing the Millennium Development Goals

    The need to marshal our intellectual and financial resources to attack global poverty is one of the most urgent problems facing the global economy. The International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey in March 2002 presents both a major challenge and a major opportunity for all stakeholders to put in place the means and structures needed to mobilise and to use effectively the financing required to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals...

  • Reviewing Donor Efforts and Policies

    DAC Members have emphasised the importance of partnerships to reduce poverty, as a central development goal for the next decade. The challenge has been to turn this policy consensus into relevant and effective operations – through establishing poverty reduction (involving both higher growth and more targeted actions and programmes) as the centre of development co-operation policy; developing partnerships in line with this vision; ensuring coherence of other policies; measuring performance; and providing ODA funds consistently with the basic strategy...

  • Countries in Conflict and Poor Performers

    OECD Member country governments in the DAC have expanded their work in situations of potential, current, and recent conflict, often in countries where they have been working for many years. Experience shows that preventing violent conflict would bring enormous benefits in terms of human life, poverty reduction and growth. Substantial progress has already been made on some fronts, while other challenges remain to be addressed. The DAC High Level Meeting, the UN and the G8 have all reaffirmed conflict prevention as a long-term engagement central to poverty reduction and sustainable development...

  • The Knowledge Economy and Digital Opportunities

    Information and Communication Technology is a vital tool for development. Used in the right way, it can show, and is indeed showing, its immense potential to change the "aid business" and create new models for development. ICT is not an end in itself but a means to help meet development objectives, in particular the development goals for poverty reduction, education, health and environment...

  • The DAC at Work
    The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) is the principal body through which the Organisation deals with issues related to co-operation with developing countries. The DAC is one of the key forums in which the major bilateral donors work together to increase the effectiveness of their common effort to support sustainable development.
  • The DAC at Work
    The work of the DAC is supported by the Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD), one of the twelve substantive directorates in the OECD. The role of the DCD is to assist Members with policy formulation, policy co-ordination and information systems for development. In so doing, it supports the work of both the DAC and of the OECD as a whole. However, so close is the relationship with the Committee it serves that DCD is generally identified with the DAC itself.
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