“Austria has made important contributions to the fight against poverty with its role in EU and UN peacekeeping operations. But its aid spending has declined to below the OECD average even as countries going through tougher economic times have managed to reach the 0.7% ODA target,” said DAC Chair Erik Solheim, launching the report in Vienna.
“The UK has remained committed to fighting global poverty despite its own economic crisis and has fulfilled its promise to spend 0.7% of its GNI on development aid. This impressive achievement shows that a persistent political will can bring ambitious goals within reach and add weight to the UK's lead role in global development,” said DAC Chair Erik Solheim. The DAC recommends that the UK do more to bring a development dimension into the government’s broader work.
The report shows that 0.24% of Ireland’s gross national income was spent as Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Least Developed Countries in 2012, exceeding the UN target of 0.15% and outperforming many other donors in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
Peer reviews provide in-depth examinations of development systems and policies, including lessons learned, in all DAC member countries.
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Robust, independent evaluation of development programmes provides information about what works, what does not and why. This learning contributes to improving the development effectiveness of aid and helps hold donors and partner country governments accountable for results. As a platform for evaluation learning and co-ordination, the Evaluation Network develops shared norms and standards and facilitates our members' efforts towards joint work by encouraging them to share and co-ordinate their plans for future evaluations.
Each DAC member country is peer reviewed roughly every four years with two main aims: to help the country understand where it could improve its development strategy and structures so that it can increase the effectiveness of its investment; and to identify and share good practice in development policy and strategy. Led by examiners from two DAC member states, the process typically takes around six months to complete and culminates with the publication of the findings.