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“OECD ensures better lives for people in the developing world by tracking publicly funded aid, making sure it is invested as effectively as possible and promoting good policy.”

Jon Lomøy, Director, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate


Fifty years of progress


Discover how much ODA countries give and receive

In 2009, total net ODA from DAC members rose by just 0.7% in real terms to $119.6 billion, but increased by 6% if debt relief is excluded. The largest donors were the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Japan. Five countries exceeded the UN's target of allocating 0.7% of their gross national income to ODA: Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

Other OECD Development Resources

The Development Centre brings together policy makers from 39 OECD, emerging and developing countries to discuss and develop innovative solutions to global development challenges.


As the balance of economic power shifts increasingly towards developing countries, the OECD’s Global Relations team is establishing partnerships with non-OECD members to ensure a truly global perspective of international development.


The Partnership for Democratic Governance helps fragile states and emerging democracies improve their governance and delivery of public services by acting as a knowledge hub and clearinghouse for good practice.

Broad, high-level political discussions are critical for unlocking Africa’s full potential. That’s why the Africa Partnership Forum was created, encompassing senior members of the Africa Union, NEPAD, G8 and non-G8 OECD countries.


To address the specific needs of West Africa, the Sahel & West Africa Club (SWAC) focuses on the development and integration of this important region through a combination of analyses, dialogue and assessments of future opportunities and challenges.


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News and Events

Portugal improving aid policies, but volume remains low


DAC Peer Review of Germany


Aid statistics : Official development assistance over 50 years


more news & events


About DAC and DCD

The Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) was originally established as the secretariat of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), a forum of many of the largest public funders of aid, including 23 member states and the European Commission.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the DAC remains at the heart of DCD, offering a wealth of experience and insights into how to co-ordinate and manage publicly funded aid for greater impact. It has also played a pivotal role in forging major international development commitments, including the Millennium Development Goals and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

The World Bank, IMF and UNDP participate in DAC as observers.

more about DAC & DCD


Strengthening Statistical Capacity

PARIS21 is helping nearly 120 low-income countries develop the statistical capacity needed to target and measure the impact of poverty-reduction policies – including those supported by aid – at a national, regional and local level.

Established by the UN, OECD and other bodies, PARIS21 works with each country to build a National Strategy for Statistical Development (NSSD), a proven methodology for building robust statistical systems. Currently, 93% of countries that have agreed to implement an NSSD have started the process.