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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The Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) launched a joint action plan for aid effectiveness in July 2009. The plan encompasses seven objectives for effective Swedish development co-operation, with special attention given to the use of country and organisational systems, programme-based approaches and results orientation. The action plan also specifies how Sweden can strengthen co-operation on aid effectiveness in global fora as well as in relation to multilateral organisations. Baseline data will be collected for Sweden’s 33 priority countries and specific objectives on aid effectiveness will be set. During this process, the main obstacles for moving forward and country-specific measures will be identified in order to accelerate progress. The action plan will be followed up in semestral meetings between Sida and the MFA.

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