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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's humanitarian assistance

The 2008 peer review asked Australia to incorporate emerging themes into its new humanitarian policy, and to accompany the policy with an implementation plan – this has been done. A disaster risk reduction policy, underpinned by an implementation plan, was also requested and these are now in place. Australia also takes a holistic approach to recovery. Australia could build on this progress by scaling up its success stories in disaster risk reduction, sharing its tools and learning with other donors, and focusing on expanding its risk reduction programmes beyond Indonesia and the Philippines.

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