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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 policy vision and framework

This chapter assesses the extent to which clear political directives, policies and strategies shape Switzerland’s development co-operation and are in line with international commitments, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.The 2017-20 Dispatch on International Co-operation, supported by new guidance on leaving no one behind, sets a comprehensive vision for development, aligned with the 2030 Agenda, in order to find lasting solutions. The upcoming policies and strategies on gender equality and governance represent an opportunity to develop a transformative approach across the programme.Further efforts to spell out Switzerland’s comparative advantage and rationale would help move away from a strategy that is mainly structured around framework credits. They would help focus the programme further and develop a narrative that is able to respond to the increasing pressure to link the development programme to the objective of preventing migration to Switzerland.Switzerland appreciates that the global landscape is changing and that it requires engaging with new partners. Overall, partnerships are strategic. Nevertheless partnerships with civil society could focus less on implementing Swiss projects and more on building a strong civil society that can act as an agent of change.

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