Development Co-operation Reviews

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This series of country reviews examines the foreign aid policies and programs of donor countries and makes recommendations for improvements. 
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Development Co-operation Reviews: Spain 1998

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06 Dec 1999
9789264174290 (PDF) ;9789264160941(print)

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The Development Assistance Committee's 1998 review of Spain's development aid programmes and policies. It finds that The Spanish Government is making significant efforts to consolidate the political framework for development co-operation and improve the quality and transparency of its aid.

A draft law on development co-operation was submitted to Parliament in the autumn of 1997 and new planning and evaluation systems for aid management are being introduced, including a multi-year indicative plan and country programmes. Despite severe budgetary constraints, an increase in the aid budget is also envisaged. These initiatives were well received by the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) during the review of Spain's aid policies and programmes. The Committee also took note of the major improvement in the balance of the Spanish aid effort with a significant increase in the grant aid programme, accompanied by a decline in the tied Development Aid Fund (FAD) loan component, and expressed the hope that this trend would continue. The DAC encouraged the Spanish authorities to pursue their efforts to ensure greater consistency of the FAD loans with the overall development objectives and policy directions for Spanish aid.

In relation to general good practice among donors, the Committee indicated its support for the measures to enhance the effectiveness of the Spanish aid programme and its capacity to implement and suggested that the Spanish authorities consider a number of further initiatives

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Table of Contents

Summary and conclusions
Chapter 1. Strategic framework: aid management
History and structure
-Co-ordination and the draft law
-The Council for Development Co-operation, Parliament and NGOs
Chapter 2. Strategic framework: policy orientations
Overall guidelines
-Conflict resolution, peace and democracy
-Poverty alleviation
Chapter 3. Basic profiles: volume, distribution and terms
ODA volume and outlook
-Composition and sectoral distribution of aid
-Multilateral aid
-Financial terms and aid tying
-Geographic distribution
-Total resource flows
Chapter 4. Decentralised co-operation and non-governmental organisations
Annex 1. The aid programme of the autonomous government of Catalonia and the municipalityof Barcelona
The Generalitat (autonomous government) of Catalonia
-The regional co-operation and solidarity funds
Annex 2. Tables and graph
Press release: DAC Aid review of Spain
Description of key terms

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