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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Foreword by the Secretary-General

The world has seen unprecedented welfare gains in the last 50 years. The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the world’s principal donor forum, has contributed to these gains. It was a major force behind the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which continue to guide the development community. It enshrined the ownership principle as a central tenet of donor policy, allowing developing countries to take the lead in defining and implementing their own development strategies. It has successfully encouraged donor countries to provide more, and more effective aid. Thanks to these efforts, official development assistance reached a record level of USD 120.5 billion in 2008.

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