Development Co-operation Report 2002

Efforts and Policies of the Members of the Development Assistance Committee

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Development results and aid effectiveness have moved to the centre of the development debate and all players are looking at a more results-oriented approach. OECD countries want assurance that they get value for their development donations. In partner countries, citizens are demanding better public expenditure management, including aid allocations, from their governments. Using the Millennium Development Goals as a common yard-stick, both donor and partner countries can measure, monitor and manage aid effectiveness by tracking the results of policies to ensure that they follow a logical chain to reach the desired results. The Development Assistance Committee is working with both its members and partners to improve aid policies and evaluate their implementation in the field. What works and why is examined through discussions with donors and partners to identify and adapt key lessons learned in the areas of accountability, evaluation and reporting for goals such as poverty reduction, public/private partnerships and water and sanitation services. The enormous challenge now will be to optimise these opportunities in order to make the joint efforts of donors and their partners more effective for people in developing countries.

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Overview by the DAC Chairman, M. Jean-Claude Faure

New prospects are opening up for development and co-operation policies. Following the Doha Development Agenda, adopted by the WTO in late 2001, the year 2002 will remain that of the Monterrey Consensus and the Action Plan for Johannesburg. 2002 provided striking confirmation of a new strategy based on measures to combat poverty and on sustainable development in the context of enhanced partnership, as already reflected in the Millennium Declaration adopted in 2000 with its Development Goals. So the turning point seems to have been reached – including in terms of ODA resources. The latter are set to increase substantially in coming years – a trend that needs to be reinforced and magnified following a decade of steep decline which was halted in 1998. Nothing will be achieved without perseverance, without sustainable and effective implementation and without coherent integration into an open globalisation.

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