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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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Belgium's humanitarian assistance

Belgium has made enormous progress on its strategic approach to humanitarian assistance over the last four years, modernising its legal, policy and budgetary framework to allow quality, predictable funding arrangements in areas where it can clearly add value. The new framework allows for holistic programming and greater scope, including areas such as recovery and risk reduction. Belgium now needs to determine how it will make use of these new opportunities, including embedding risk into development partner country strategies. The budget is sufficient to meet Belgium's humanitarian objectives, although it will, in line with wider austerity measures, decline by 25% over the next five years. Disbursement has been an issue in the past, mostly due to administrative procedures outside DGD’s control; this has led to underspending. Belgium needs to put measures in place to prevent this happening in the future.

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