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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Spain 2016

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The OECD 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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Context of the peer review of Spain

The centre-right People’s Party won a landslide victory in the 2011 general election, ousting the Socialist Party from power. The two parties have dominated Spanish government and politics since the country’s transition to democracy from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. This picture is now changing. In elections in 13 of Spain’s 17 regions in May 2015, two new parties – Podemos (“We can”), a far-left party, and Ciudadanos (“Citizens”), a centre party – made significant gains, including in the biggest cities of Madrid and Barcelona. The ruling People’s Party gained just 27% of the vote, maintaining control of only four regions, down from 10 prior to the election.

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