Development Co-operation Report 2014

Mobilising Resources for Sustainable Development

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The Development Co-operation Report (DCR) is a yearly report by the Chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) that addresses important challenges for the international development community and provides practical guidance and recommendations on how to tackle them. Moreover, it reports the profiles and performance of DAC development co-operation providers and presents DAC statistics on official development assistance (ODA) and private resource flows.

The Development Co-operation Report 2014: Mobilising resources for sustainable development is the second in a trilogy (2013-15) focusing on “Global Development Co-operation Post-2015: Managing Interdependence”. The report provides an overview of the sources of finance available to developing countries and proposes recommendations on how to mobilise further resources. It also explores how to mobilise resources to finance the provision of global public goods: for example, to combat climate change, promote peace and security, and create a fair and equal trading system.

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What place for remittances in the post-2015 framework?

In 2012, developing countries received at least USD 351 billion in remittances (funds sent by people living and working abroad to their home countries). Remittances represent one of the largest, and fastest growing, sources of external income for these countries. While the motivation for sending remittances, and their impact, can vary, their development potential is increasingly acknowledged and scrutinised. This chapter explores how remittances can be tracked better, analyses the extent to which they promote development, and outlines the main steps and obstacles to realising their developmental potential. It also shares a range of innovative ways to catalyse and optimise the use of remittances, including matching them to achieve greater development impact and gain the confidence of international capital markets.This chapter also includes an opinion piece by Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank, on harnessing the potential of remittances in Africa.

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