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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Belgium 2015

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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. Since the 2010 peer review, Belgium has reinforced the leadership and management of its institutional system for development co-operation, making it more strategic and taking steps towards delivering more co-ordinated and high quality development co-operation.

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Allocating Belgium's official development assistance

Belgium’s ODA budget shrank by 0.20% between 2010 and 2013, and further significant cuts are forecast between 2015 and 2019. It is unlikely it will meet its ODA commitments, including the 0.7% gross national income target which is enshrined in law. Although public opinion and the government are in favour of this target, Belgium does not have a roadmap or timetable for increasing ODA and reaching its target. While the 2015 federal budget clearly sets out the cutbacks that DGD has to make up to 2019, DGD has yet to identify how and where it will make the required savings across its bilateral and multilateral programmes.

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