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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Trends in aid to environment, a component of sustainable development finance (1991-2011)

With the fresh impetus for sustainable development and green growth highlighted in this Development Co-operation Report, it is essential that we have robust and credible methods for measuring the financial resources pledged and allocated to achieve these goals. This chapter, contributed by the statistics team in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, explains how aid to sustainable development is measured, how it has grown over the years and what challenges remain. The current marker system has already helped to raise awareness in donor agencies of the importance of mainstreaming environment in all development co-operation as demonstrated in the statistics presented elsewhere in this report. Future efforts are called upon to facilitate tracking international official and private flows in support of the Rio conventions and environmental objectives more generally.

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