OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: The Netherlands 2017

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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 development co-operation performance across government of a given member and examine policy, finance and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide view of the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities and seek input from a wide range of stakeholders – civil society, parliament, private sector and partner countries.

This review assesses the performance of the Netherlands, including looking at its integrated aid, trade and investment policy focus, and its approach to partnerships.


Allocating the Netherlands' official development assistance

After a 30-year record of exceeding the UN target of allocating 0.7% of gross national income as official development assistance (ODA), the Netherlands’ ODA began to fluctuate in 2013, and the overall trend is now downwards. The composition of the ODA budget has changed – the costs of hosting refugees in the Netherlands have markedly reduced the volume and quality of resources available for overseas programmes. There has been no recommitment by the Dutch government to the UN target and the government has no plan in place to restore ODA levels.


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