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.


The Netherlands' vision and policies for development co-operation

A World to Gain guides the Netherlands’ development co-operation programme with a clear vision and direction, set within the country’s broader foreign policy and trade objectives. Theories of change are useful in shaping the Netherlands’ thematic priorities, which form the backbone of the new policy. The policy introduced significant reductions in the ODA budget. The absence of legislation covering the purpose and volume of ODA leaves the development co-operation programme vulnerable in a contested political space.


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