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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Switzerland 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.

This review assesses the performance of Switzerland including its strategic support to multilateralism in order to tackle global goods and challenges, its comprehensive vision for development and partnerships and the current pressure on development and humanitarian programmes.

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Switzerland’s delivery modalities and partnerships

This chapter reviews Switzerland’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.Switzerland’s partners value its expertise, reliability, predictability and flexibility, including in fragile contexts. Switzerland’s assets are thorough context analyses, conflict sensitive programme management and flexibility. The upcoming strategies on partnering with the private sector and civil society organisations are an opportunity to better take advantage of the specificity of each partner and design complementary interventions. Despite advocating for development co-operation effectiveness, Switzerland has room to strengthen mutual accountability and use country systems more. Switzerland maintains a close dialogue with partner countries, but more can be done to increase mutual accountability, and ease access to project and budget documentation.

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