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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The DAC's work to integrate environment and development

This chapter traces the Development Assistance Committee’s (DAC) role in shaping policies for sustainable development. This has been a major priority for the Committee’s member countries since the early 1990s. The DAC has produced a range of guidance that has helped providers of development co-operation to integrate environmental considerations into their policies and practices. Notable examples include introducing environmental impact assessment requirements into development projects and integrating the objectives of the three Rio conventions into development co-operation. Over the past 20 years, these efforts have built increasingly on co-operation between the OECD’s Development Assistance and Environmental Policy Committees, to integrate sustainable development into development co-operation and to ensure that policies are coherent, and that they are informed by the comparative advantage of each policy community. Policy guidance has been the DAC’s main tool for promoting sustainable development among its members, as well as among policy makers and development actors in partner countries. As a result, many development agencies have made progress in integrating environment into their operations based on the DAC’s guidance. However, resource availability and partner country ownership are increasingly becoming critical issues.

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