Development Co-operation Profiles

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The OECD’s Development Co-operation Profiles compile and analyse verified statistics and trends on how development assistance is allocated geographically, to sectors, multilateral and civil society organisations, cross-cutting priorities such as gender equality and women’s economic empowerment and the environment and climate, and to mobilise private finance. The profiles cover official and philanthropic providers of aid, official development assistance (ODA) and development finance. These providers include members of the OECD and its Development Assistance Committee (DAC), other countries and philanthropic foundations. The profiles also give an overview of key strategic and policy priorities for development co-operation, the institutional set-up and evaluation systems.

The Development Co-operation Profiles are published annually and are a pillar of the OECD’s Development Co-operation Report . For more than 50 years, the Development Co-operation Report has brought new evidence, analysis and ideas to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and international community more broadly, shaping policy reform, behaviour change and promoting best practices in development co-operation. Each year the report analyses a fresh policy issue that is timely, relevant or challenging for development co-operation policy and finance. The main report also includes shorter profiles of each provider that present key trends through infographics.

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United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have become one of the largest donors worldwide. In 2013, the UAE was the largest donor in terms of gross national income (GNI) on a per capita basis and 2017 marks the fifth consecutive year in which the UAE has surpassed the 0.7% ODA/GNI (official development assistance/gross national income) target. The country is focused on improving the effectiveness of its activities. In 2016, the UAE launched a ten-year foreign assistance policy, identifying priority partner countries and global themes (transport and urban infrastructure, government effectiveness, empowerment and protection of women). The UAE’s policy is “demand-driven” and based on collaboration with other development partners (i.e. donors, multilateral organisations, the private sector, notably UAE-based companies), focused on the UAE’s comparative advantages, a commitment to addressing neglected issues and under-supported communities, sustainability, and making aid transparent and focused on results. The UAE’s foreign assistance promotes global peace and prosperity – and humanitarian aid also forms an important part of the country’s aid.

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