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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Greece 2019

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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 DAC 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 its last peer review, a severe economic recession brought about significant cuts to Greece’s national budget – including official development assistance. However, Greece has maintained its commitment to development co-operation. In response to the refugee and migration crisis Greece mobilised resources and its population to provide significant support to asylum seekers and refugees, and adapted its domestic policies to create conditions for peaceful co-existence between refugees, asylum seekers and the Greek population. As the economy recovers and Greece considers stepping up its development co-operation, this review recommends a number of steps that the government might take including building a new vision for development co-operation and putting in place the structures and systems to achieve it.

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Greece's delivery modalities and partnerships

This chapter reviews Greece’s approach to delivering in partner countries and through partnerships to determine whether this is in line with the principles of effective development co-operation. The Directorate General of International Development Cooperation-Hellenic Aid has not maintained its network of partners during the recent period of reduced activities. However, civil society organisations (CSOs), academics and the private sector are keen to engage in a dialogue on the future direction of Greece’s development co-operation, and the partnerships that could deliver this. Once Greece resumes country-level engagement, it should develop country strategies in close consultation with its key partner countries. The development impact of Greece’s scholarship programme needs to be determined.

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