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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Australia 2013

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The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.

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Australia delivering, and participating in, development co-operation

Australia has made good progress since the last peer review in improving the overall predictability of its aid, in negotiating mutually-accountable high-level partnerships with its priority countries and aligning the objectives of its co-operation to partners’ development priorities. In addition, Australia’s aid is fully untied. To increase the quality of its assistance further, in line with commitments made in the Busan Partnership for Effective Development, Australia needs to makes its country level aid allocations more transparent and predictable over the medium-term. It also needs to achieve the objective it has set for using country systems and increase, more broadly, the share of aid provided through programme-based approaches, while continuing to analyse and manage the risks it needs to take in order to achieve development results.

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