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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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Supporting the Development of Water and Sanitation Services in Developing Countries

Access to safe water and sanitation is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals set by the development community. This section of the Report, which draws on a paper prepared by the Development Co-operation Directorate in preparation for the March 2003 Third World Water Forum in Kyoto, describes DAC members’ support to developing countries in relation to this goal. The statistical overview of aid flows to the water sector in recent years is followed by highlights on DAC work to establish best practices for the efficient management and provision of these services in developing countries, with a focus on urban water and the gender dimensions of water management.

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