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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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Results and accountability of Australia's development co-operation

There is a major drive in AusAID to build a stronger culture of managing for results. AusAID updated its Performance Management and Evaluation Policy in 2012 building on a well-established and good quality system. The new approach to results-based management is work-in-progress. Country programmes are increasingly using performance assessment frameworks to strengthen results reporting. The headline results targets that Australia has set and will report against annually in its Annual Review of Aid Effectiveness are part of the results framework. AusAID is aware that when it reports on results to Government, Parliament and the public it needs to give a comprehensive picture of its development co-operation, of development results being achieved by and with partners as well as challenges while also learning lessons that can be applied to new programmes and projects. This is a challenge for all DAC members.

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