Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

Development Assistance Committee (DAC)



The OECD Development Assistance Committee became part of the OECD by Ministerial Resolution on 23 July 1961. It is a unique international forum of many of the largest funders of aid, including 29 DAC Members. The World Bank, IMF and UNDP participate as observers.

The DAC has the mandate to:

 ... promote development co-operation and other policies so as to contribute to sustainable development, including pro-poor economic growth, poverty reduction, improvement of living standards in developing countries, and a future in which no country will depend on aid.

 Read the full mandate


As of January 2013, Erik Solheim, former Minister of the Environment and International Development of Norway, is the DAC Chair.


The DAC's doors are open to countries beyond its members who are making growing contributions to development co-operation. At the annual DAC Senior Level Meeting on 6-7 April 2011, representatives of China attended for the first time; other important non-DAC member donors, such as Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa, also participated. To encourage co-ordination and understanding, the DAC issued a statement welcoming non-DAC partners to engage in a mutual learning dialogue.
Read the full statement


The DAC remains at the heart of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, offering a wealth of experience and insights into how to co-ordinate and manage development finance for greater impact.


Key resources:

» Inside the DAC, an overview of how the DAC works (pdf, 1.5 MB)‌

» DAC: 50 years, 50 highlights, published 2010 (pdf, 920 kB)

» DAC Guidelines and Reference, the DAC's publication series

» DAC in Dates, published 2006 (pdf, 4.3 MB)

» Joining the DAC

» DAC reflection exercise (pdf, 931.6 kB)