Development Co-operation Report 2018

Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind

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When Member States of the United Nations approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, they agreed that the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets should be met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society. Governments and stakeholders negotiating the 2030 Agenda backed the ambition of leaving no one behind, an ambition increasingly referred to in development policies, international agendas and civil society advocacy.

How can we transform this ambition into reality? Policy makers, civil society and business are asking for more clarity on how to ensure that no one is left behind in practice. What does it mean for the design and delivery of economic, social and environmental policies? How should development co-operation policies, programming and accountability adapt? What should governments, development partners and the international community do differently to ensure that sustainable development goals benefit everyone and the furthest behind first?

The 2018 Development Co-operation Report: Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind addresses all of these questions and many more. Informed by the latest evidence on what it means to be left behind, it adopts a wide range of perspectives and draws lessons from policies, practices and partnerships that work. The report proposes a holistic and innovative framework to shape and guide development co-operation policies and tools that are fit for the purpose of leaving no one behind.

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Development finance and policy trends

This chapter highlights emerging trends in official development assistance (ODA) from members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and other providers of development assistance. A key finding is that the growth in the total volume of concessional finance for development is enhanced by providers of development assistance beyond the DAC, due to the scaling up of their aid and better reporting. Furthermore, stronger global economic performance is not translating into more ODA. According to preliminary data, in 2017 net ODA from DAC members reached USD 146.6 billion, or 0.31% of gross national income, a slight fall of 0.6% in real terms from 2016. The fall was due in part to reduced spending on in-donor refugee costs. By contrast, DAC members’ humanitarian aid increased by 6.1% in real terms, to USD 15.5 billion in 2017. Country programmable aid and flows to sub-Saharan Africa and small island developing states continue to decline, while the percentage of aid channelled through the multilateral system and civil society organisations is rising.

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