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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Belgium 2020

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The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members once every five to six years. DAC peer reviews critically examine the overall performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, covering its policy, programmes and systems. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation activities of the member under review and its approach to fragility, crisis and humanitarian assistance.

Belgium is a powerful voice for the cause of the least developed countries and fragile contexts, and a strong humanitarian partner. Committed to the principles of partnership, it empowers multilateral, civil society and private sector organisations to achieve their mandates. As Belgium emerges from a period of institutional reforms, this peer review provides recommendations to strengthen the management of its development co-operation policy. It also advises on how to take advantage of recent changes to reinforce the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, and improve the management of human resources.

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Belgium’s delivery modalities and partnerships

This chapter looks at the principles that guide Belgium’s partnership approach across its development portfolio, and how Belgium uses its financial, diplomatic and technical resources in its global engagement and in partner countries and territories. It assesses whether the approach and principles are consistent with Belgium’s development co-operation policy and international commitments on development effectiveness: ownership of development priorities by developing countries; a focus on results; inclusive development partnerships; and transparency and mutual accountability.The chapter first considers Belgium’s approach to partnerships for development co-operation with a range of actors, assessing whether they embody the development effectiveness principles. It then explores whether Belgium’s work in partner countries and territories is in keeping with its domestic and international commitments to, and principles of, effective development co‑operation.

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