OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: United States 2016

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The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each 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.



Context of the peer review of the United States

After almost eight years in office, the Obama presidency is coming to an end, with the next presidential elections scheduled for November 2016. For several consecutive years, Congress was unable to reach a timely agreement on budgets and debates on major political issues such as healthcare, and retirement entitlements have been hampered by disagreements, often divided by political lines. Congressional elections will be held alongside the November presidential ones for all 435 members of the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate, which may offer an opportunity to negotiate a longer-term budget accord – the last hard-fought deal to raise the debt ceiling and set higher spending limits runs until September 2017.


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