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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Ireland 2014

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The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. This peer review of Ireland reviews its development policies and programmes. It assesses not just the performance of its development co-operation agency, but also policy and implementation. It takes an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.

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Managing Ireland's development co-operation

Ireland’s institutional structures enable it to deliver well co-ordinated, quality development co-operation. Since the last peer review, development co-operation has been further integrated into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, enabling the Development Co-operation Division (DCD) to work more closely with other parts of the Department. However, the decentralisation of DCD to Limerick in 2008 has imposed additional transaction costs with regard to co-ordination and integration, which should be kept under review. The Development Co-operation Division has committed to standardise its management procedures to ensure it has a consistent approach across its partner countries. The rollout of these new procedures needs to be sequenced appropriately in light of Department-wide system reforms. It may also be useful to clarify further the roles and responsibilities between headquarters and the field under the new procedures.

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