Development Co-operation Report 2010

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The Development Co-operation Report, issued by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), is the key annual reference for statistics and analysis on the latest trends in international aid.

With only five years left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), much remains to be done. The task has become even more challenging given the economic, food and climate change crises of recent years. This report describes how the DAC has responded swiftly, putting the development dimension of these crises firmly on the political agenda and keeping the development community focused on providing more aid, and delivering it more effectively.

In times of economic uncertainty, it is particularly important for aid to provide value for money, and to ensure that it is not misused. The development community has responded by sharpening its focus on corruption; targeting and communicating clear development impacts; working increasingly through developing countries’ own systems to build capacity; and intensifying efforts in the poorest 30% of developing countries – a critical step toward achieving the MDGs. The report also describes how the DAC member countries intend to make their aid truly effective in the decades to come, by ensuring that climate change is addressed in each of their policy choices and by developing a broader, more inclusive approach.

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Canada’s aid effectiveness agenda provides the basis for Canada to fulfill key commitments under the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action. It is aimed at increasing i) the focus, with bilateral programming concentrating on 20 countries and on five thematic priorities (increasing food security, stimulating sustainable economic growth, securing the future of children and youth, promoting democracy and security and stability). The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is focusing on the first three of these; ii) efficiency (for example, Canada is untying 100% of its aid, effective since April 2008 for all food aid and by 2013 for the remainder); and iii) accountability (with, for example, CIDA performance measurement frameworks, staff performance contracts and aid effectiveness as a guiding principle in evaluating proposals). Canada will also continue to pursue efforts with its multilateral, private sector and civil society partners to enhance aid effectiveness.

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