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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.

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The United States' humanitarian assistance

Humanitarian assistance is a policy priority for the US, both globally and in the field. The weight given to the programme is matched by a hefty humanitarian budget – making the US the dominant humanitarian donor globally. There has been some useful progress since the last peer review: increased predictability of the humanitarian budget, consolidated US government positions on key humanitarian issues, better financing and programming options for recovery and transition contexts, and a high-profile push for resilience programming. To improve the overall efficiency and reach of the US humanitarian programme, further steps are needed: to reduce the directives in budget appropriations, further untie food aid and reduce practical obstacles for partners seeking development funding for recovery programmes.

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