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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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Spain's humanitarian assistance

Spain’s humanitarian budget has suffered from sudden, significant cuts over the last four years, forcing a reduction in the scope and quality of the programme. As a consequence, Spain has had to think hard about where it can best add value with its limited humanitarian funds. The result is a more strategic approach concentrated on a small number of crises, complemented by active efforts in international humanitarian diplomacy – efforts that are highly appreciated by partners and other DAC members. There have also been negative impacts: limited resources hinder holistic programming, so affecting resilience building and recovery components, and the immediacy of the cuts significantly reduced the predictability of Spain’s funding to partners. Spain could put greater effort into development programmes that address crisis drivers, perhaps by systematically including them in their Country Partnership Frameworks. In addition, the humanitarian budget – at only 4% of ODA – is unnecessarily low, particularly as public support is so strong. Spain could certainly allocate greater resources to this key area.

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