Development Co-operation Report 2006

Efforts and Policies of the Members of the Development Assistance Committee

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The OECD Development Assistance Committee's annual report on international aid. This year's edition includes an overview reviewing recent trends in aid volume, allocation, and effectiveness. A special chapter looks at how aid for trade can be made more effective.  Preliminary findings from the 2006 Baseline Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration are also presented.  Individual chapters for each donor country summarize key features of each country's programme including data on total flows, breakdowns by income group, geographical region and sector, and listing of the top ten recipients. Country chapters also include commentary on the donor's commitment to the MDGs, aid effectiveness, and policy coherence. The comprehensive statistical annex provides graphs and tables showing the evolution of aid flows.

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Policies and Efforts of Bilateral Donors

In 2005 DAC members demonstrated continued strong support for poverty reduction. For many, this is a primary goal of their foreign policy and, in particular, of their development assistance programmes. Contributions to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were made in the fields of basic education, basic health, empowerment of women and environmental sustainability. In addition, DAC members also made fighting corruption a core objective of their governance agendas. Several enhanced their programmes supporting security sector reform and included security as a driver for development interventions. While work is underway to further policy coherence for development, it appears that much is still to be achieved in this area, especially in relation to policies and to structures for achieving coherence. Members seem to be paying more attention to monitoring and evaluation, with the accent on results orientation. In 2006 five countries were peer reviewed by the DAC: Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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