(English) High Level Meeting of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) – December 2012


The High Level Meeting of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) was held in London on December 4-5.  According to the HLM website, the meeting focused on “three strategic issues:

  1. Post-2015 development agenda: delivering strong messages of support from the DAC Membership for the UN-led effort to identify a successor framework for the Millennium Development Goals, and on what this framework must include.
  2. Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation: reviewing actions agreed in Busan in 2011 and examining how the DAC will contribute to the Global Partnership.
  3. External development finance: analysing a future development finance framework and the strategic role of official development assistance in that context. participants discussed a wide range of development assistance issues, including the changing global context for Development Assitance. ”  

 The increasing importance of horizontal cooperation modalilites (South-South, Triangular, etc) were apparent.  The communique says:

“…the context for development co-operation has now irrevocably changed. Shifting global wealth is breaking down the former division between North and South. Co-operation among South-South partners, as well as triangular co-operation, is complementing North-South co-operation, thereby increasing the scope, reach and effectiveness of the international development assistance system. Likewise, civil society and the private sector are playing an increasingly important role as partners in development co-operation.” (p.1)

Additionally, there seems to be optimism that “the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation launched in Busan could pave the way forward by providing a forum of equal partners with shared principles and differentiated but well-defined commitments. This Partnership will enable all providers and partners to focus on results at the country level in support of both national and global goals.” (p.1)

 There is an increasing willingness to open up dialogue among sectors and partners to promote a more inclusive approach to development.  Governments, intergovernmental and international organizations, financial institutions, private sector and civil society are all seeking to joint the conversation.  This is a welcome change, but not an easy one. 

For more information and highlights from the DAC High Level Meeting 2012, visit:  http://www.oecd.org/dac/dacnewsalertdecember2012.htm 

For more information regarding the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, visit: http://www.aideffectiveness.org/busanhlf4/about/global-partnership.html 



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