Development Co-operation Report 2012

Lessons in Linking Sustainability and Development

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The Development Co-operation Report is the key annual reference document for statistics and analysis on trends in international aid. This year, the Development Co-operation Report 2012 seeks to provide insights into how to address today’s sustainable development challenges, with a focus on inclusiveness and good governance to ensure that our finite resources are equitably distributed, now and in the future.

Sharing finite resources among a growing number people – and consumers – is a critical challenge. It is in this spirit that J. Brian Atwood, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), invited several intellectual leaders on the challenges of inclusive, sustainable development to contribute to this year’s report.

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Development Assistance Committee members' aid performance in 2011

According to preliminary data, in 2011 net official development assistance (ODA) from Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members decreased by 2.7% in real terms compared to 2010. This represents the first drop in net ODA since 1997 and an important reversal of the upward trend observed from 2000-10. The decrease reflects fiscal constraints that have affected the budgets of several DAC countries. ODA has long served as an important cushion for the immediate impact of financial crises in developing countries, but there is growing recognition of the importance of non-ODA financing for development. While total net private flows from DAC members sharply decreased in 2008, they have been on the rise since 2009. Country programmable aid – the subset of total ODA that is generally included in multi-year forward expenditure plans, represents 57% of DAC members' gross bilateral ODA (USD 66 billion in 2010). This chapter also presents data on: components of net ODA, composition of bilateral ODA, untied aid status, ODA commitments for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and ODA commitments targeted at the objectives of the Rio conventions.

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