OECD Development Assistance Peer Reviews

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This series presents reports on Development Assistance Committee peer reviews of the aid programmes and policies of DAC member countries. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined approximately once every four or five years. Five members are examined annually. The OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate provides analytical support and is responsible for developing and maintaining the conceptual framework within which the Peer Reviews are undertaken.  The Peer Review is prepared by a team, consisting of representatives of the Secretariat working with officials from two DAC members who are designated as "examiners". The country under review provides a memorandum setting out the main developments in its policies and programmes. Then the Secretariat and the examiners visit the capital to interview officials, parliamentarians, as well as civil society and NGO representatives of the donor country to obtain a first-hand insight into current issues surrounding the development co-operation efforts of the member concerned. Field visits assess how members are implementing the major DAC policies, principles and concerns, and review operations in recipient countries, particularly with regard to poverty reduction, sustainability, gender equality and other aspects of participatory development, and local aid co-ordination.

The Secretariat then prepares a draft report on the member’s development co-operation which is the basis for the DAC review meeting at the OECD. At this meeting senior officials from the member under review respond to questions formulated by the Secretariat in association with the examiners. The reviews contains the Main Findings and Recommendations of the Development Assistance Committee and the report of the Secretariat.

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OECD Development Assistance Peer Reviews: Greece 2011

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Every four years, each of the 24 members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations Development Programme as observers is scrutinised by its peers in the Committee.

Five different member countries are peer reviewed each year. The aim is to assess the extent to which the development policies, strategies and activities of the reviewed country meet the standards set by the DAC. Members provide constructive criticism and recommendations based on a report that touches on aid policies, volumes, institutions and field operations. There are no sanctions if the country fails to take the recommendations on board. The exercise is meant to encourage positive change, support mutual learning and raise the overall effectiveness of aid throughout the donor community.

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Table of Contents

The DAC’s main findings and recommendations
Secretariat Report
Chapter 1. Strategic orientations

-A good time for reform
-Modernising Greek development co-operation
-Co-ordinating a complex set of institutional players
-Transforming the five-year programme into a whole-of-government strategy
-Being more strategic about multilateral engagement
-Building public support and a constituency for development co-operation
-Future considerations
Chapter 2. Development beyond aid
-Making policies coherent with development objectives
-Future considerations
Chapter 3. ODA volumes, channels and allocations
-Official development assistance in summary
-Greece‟s bilateral ODA: limited aid for projects and programmes
-Greece‟s multilateral ODA
-Aid to and through NGOs: the need for rationalisation
-Future considerations
Chapter 4. Organisation and management
Immediate priorities for making the aid system more unified
-Pragmatic actions to make DG Hellenic Aid fit for purpose
-Future considerations
Chapter 5. Aid effectiveness and results
-Greece is committed but not set-up to implement Paris and Accra
-Greece tests new more effective ways of delivering aid but this is not systematic
-Future considerations
Chapter 6. Humanitarian assistance
-Consultation is key to ensuring wide buy-in to the new humanitarian framework
-Building strategic partnerships should now be a priority
-Maximising impact of the humanitarian budget will require clearer allocation criteria
-Refine delivery procedures and mechanisms so they are fit for purpose
-Future considerations
Annex A. Progress since the 2006 DAC peer review recommendations
Annex B. OECD/DAC standard suite of tables
Description of key terms

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