published on DIIS Impact March 2015
The members of OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) neglect the one key reform that its development assistance needs: a systematic involvement of developing countries to ensure that Official Development Assistance (ODA) reflects what these countries consider relevant support for development.
In December, the DAC convened in Paris. Although several important decisions were made at the meeting, the question of ODA reform remains unresolved. By agreeing only to a partial reform the DAC has saved face, but will ultimately lose legitimacy, this DIIS Impact by Adam Moe Fejerskov and Niels Keijzer argues.
Three recommendations for ODA reform are given:
The DAC needs to reform the governance of ODA and its reporting system by giving developing country representatives a direct say, and by improving transparency of its decision-making.