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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: New Zealand 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.

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New Zealand's development co-operation delivery and partnerships

New Zealand shows a strong commitment to the development effectiveness agenda agreed at Busan. Budgeting and programming have become more predictable by providing multi-year commitments for bilateral programmes, partner countries and multilateral partners. Budgets can also be carried over, reducing the negative incentives and pressure to disburse funds. Programming is well aligned to national priorities and harmonised with other donors. Risks are actively identified and managed at activity level. There are encouraging efforts to use countries’ own systems, including in difficult contexts. The results-driven approach to conditionality could, once evaluated, provide some useful lessons for other donors. New Zealand could now build on these good practices by creating a clear line of sight between its planning instruments, ensuring that its new country strategies capture and co-ordinate whole-of-government efforts in each partner country, and by being more systematic about building capacity, especially in low-capacity Pacific contexts.

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