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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The state of Kuwait established the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) in 1961 as an institution for development co-operation with other countries in the Arab region. The KFAED – the first fund to be established in the Arab world – provides concessional loans for development projects that are high priority to recipient countries. Since its establishment, the KFAED has disbursed over USD 17.9 billion in assistance to 107 countries, mostly low-income and least developed countries. It is worth mentioning that Kuwait’s official development assistance (ODA) increased between 2012 and 2017 at a time when government revenues were rather dwindling.

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