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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A new policy paper published in 2018, “Investing in global prospects: For the world, for the Netherlands”, shifts the focus of the Netherlands’ development co-operation to the unstable regions of the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa, with a view to tackling the root causes of poverty, migration, terrorism and climate change. In 2013, the Netherlands integrated their aid, trade and investment agendas. The 2017 DAC Peer Review noted that this brought a stronger development voice to Dutch trade policy and a stronger trade dimension to the development co-operation programme. The review also noted changes in the Dutch business model, with more budgets managed from headquarters, more investment in multi-stakeholder partnerships under the “Dutch Diamond” approach and less focus on country ownership.

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