Development Co-operation Report 2009

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This edition of OECD's annual Development Co-operation Report provides key statistics and analysis on the latest trends in international aid. Eckhard Deutscher, who recently took over as Chairman of the Development Assistance Committee, reports back on the Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and the need to step up our efforts to make aid work better for developing countries in this time of economic crisis. The report also addresses fragmentation, a major problem when aid comes in too many small slices from too many directions and - drawing on case studies from number of countries - offers five lessons on how the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness can be used to make the link between development policy and human rights, environmental sustainability and gender equality.


The title of the Development Co-operation Report has traditionally carried the date of the year preceding its publication. We would like to alert readers to the fact that, as of this issue, the title will reflect the actual year of publication. This issue will, therefore, be entitled Development Co-operation Report 2009. Please note that this Report incorporates data submitted to the OECD up to 15 November 2008; these data correspond to flows in 2007.

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How Predictable Is Aid?

The international aid community places increasing emphasis on the role of developing countries in managing and allocating the aid they receive. However, these countries’ efforts are often frustrated by the unpredictability of aid – donors do not always reveal their spending plans early enough, or they fail to stick to them. The new Survey of Aid Allocation Policies and Indicative Forward Spending Plans by the OECD-DAC seeks to reduce some of the uncertainty by asking donors to indicate their future plans, offering a perspective on future aid flows that will help to identify gaps and opportunities in individual developing countries. The Survey tracks overall trends in aid since 2005, combining them with donors’ planning figures to project aid to 2010; it also looks at these projections in detail, by regions and individual partner countries. This chapter summarises the Survey’s key conclusions. It also presents the Survey’s findings on aid allocation and budgetary procedures in donor countries.

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