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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What the Reports Are Saying

More than three years after its adoption, is the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness living up to its ambitions? This chapter presents some answers to this question. It draws on the most recent evidence available, including the results of the 2008 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration, the international Evaluation of the Implementation of the Paris Declaration and the Progress Report. This chapter shows that there is a robust body of evidence that the Paris Declaration is making progress, but not fast enough. Donors and partner countries need to gear up their efforts if we are to meet international commitments and targets for effective aid by 2010. The Paris Declaration has wide political resonance; its implementation requires high-level political commitment to generate the kind of traction that is still needed to deliver results.

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