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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Special Module

Millennium Development Goals: Progress during the 1990s

The Millennium Declaration brings unprecedented clarity to the shared and individual roles and responsibilities of governments, international organisations, citizens, civil society organisations and the private sector; it marked a major endorsement of the earlier work in the DAC to select seven international development goals, published in 1996 in Shaping the 21st Century: The Role of Development Co-operation. At the global level, the only targets that are on course for achievement are halving the proportions of people living in poverty and hunger and without access to safe water and sanitation. In sub-Saharan Africa, none of the targets are on track. It would be 2050 before the targets for primary schooling and access to safe water were met. None of the other targets will be achieved in the 21st century if past trends continue.

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