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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 results, evaluation and learning

This chapter considers how Switzerland plans and manages for results in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building evidence of what works, and using this to learn and adapt.Switzerland has developed a strong results-oriented culture focused on development outcomes achieved in countries. New standard indicators illustrate its attempt to strengthen result-based management at the corporate level. Balancing the objectives of ensuring accountability with informed decision-making will be the next challenge.Despite a strong evaluation culture and continued support for its partners’ evaluation functions, Switzerland, like other members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), seldom engages in joint evaluations with partner countries. Yet joint evaluations could provide an opportunity to strengthen partners’ evaluation capacities, the ownership of evaluation findings, as well as mutual accountability.Institutional learning - supported by management responses to evaluations and thematic networks - is one of Switzerland’s strengths. Continued efforts to ensure learning remains a priority will be key to avoid network fatigue.

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