Peer reviews of DAC members


  • Germany should work to meet its aid goal and its geographic priorities

    Germany’s foreign aid is at a record high and rising, but more effort will be needed to reach an internationally agreed donors’ target and fulfil Germany’s own goal to send more aid to the neediest countries, according to a new OECD Review. The Review praises Germany for being at the forefront of using ODA to leverage private sector investment for sustainable development. Germany also stands out for its commitment and innovative approaches to financing climate change action and for efforts to improve the quality of its aid.

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  • Belgium will need more flexibility in aid programmes to meet poor-country goals.

    “Belgium’s pledge to send half its aid to the neediest countries sets a strong example for others. But this now needs to be translated into reality,” said OECD Development Assistance Committee Chair Erik Solheim, presenting the Review. “Belgium is taking significant steps to increase the scale, impact and quality of its aid. Future reforms should focus on speeding up processes, so Belgium can respond more quickly to changing needs, get the right expertise to the right places, and strengthen synergies with NGOs and other partners.”

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  • New Zealand in a good position to raise development aid ambitions.

    “New Zealand should be commended for its hard work in some of the most vulnerable and disaster-prone parts of the world, particularly in its own Pacific region,” said DAC Chair Erik Solheim. “But its ODA to GNI ratio has not exceeded 0.3% in recent years, which does not compare well with countries of a similar size. I encourage New Zealand to do more of what it already does well.”

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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.

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How peer reviews work

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.

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Lessons from peer reviews

What are countries doing to fulfill their development co-operation objectives and public commitments? Drawing on lessons from our peer reviews, we produce a range of publications that look at different aspects of this question. Managing Aid: Practices of DAC Member Countries is one example. Another is Effective Aid Management: Twelve Lessons from DAC Peer Reviews, designed to help aid practitioners improve their management and delivery of development assistance by learning from each others' experience.

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