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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Switzerland defined its priorities for implementing the AAA commitments in a policy statement adopted in 2009. They include democratic ownership, the use of country systems, aid predictability and programme-based approaches. Predictability and transparency of aid flows will be enhanced by improving processes and instruments. To this effect, Switzerland has joined the International Aid Transparency Initiative. Switzerland has launched a country-by-country stocktaking exercise of its use of country systems. This will help to systematise their use where they are sufficiently robust. To enhance programme-based approaches, Switzerland plans to review its experience and provide policy guidance and training to country offices, including on their definition, objectives and conditions. Switzerland intends to further devolve management responsibilities to country offices to increase country-specific implementation of the AAA.

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