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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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United States' development co-operation delivery and partnerships

The US is committed to improving the quality of its aid. USAID places high priority on working with local actors, and responding to complexity, aiming to balance risk and reward. However, it continues to work mainly through US contractors and grantees, rather than through partner country systems. The programming cycle has improved effectiveness, but budget predictability and project procedures remain key constraints. The US could take inspiration from what the Millennium Challenge Corporation and President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, with more permissive legislation, have been able to achieve in terms of predictability.

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