Statement to OECD DAC members ahead of Senior Level Meeting

Discussions at the OECD-DAC’s forthcoming Senior Level Meeting will mark an important step in shaping the future of ODA and development finance more broadly. They will impact development cooperation practices of all DAC member states, including the UK. They have the possibility to fundamentally redefine – and improve or undermine – aid and its role in international development.  The UK has been and remains a staunch advocate of effective, high impact aid and we hope that it can continue to play that role as the DAC considers these reforms.

Here is a brief outline of our views, concerns, and recommendations with regards to several points that will be discussed by DAC members at the Senior Level Meeting next week.  More detail on these points is in the attached CSO recommendations paper.

  • ODA must remain focused on development and poverty eradication and incentives should be set to ensure that it delivers high-value, effective interventions and to protect the credibility of UK aid. A transparent and inclusive process is a key part of that.
  • While supporting refugees arriving in our own territories is vital, in-donor refugee costs as part of ODA remain problematic, are historically not something the UK has largely reported as ODA to the DAC and should not largely be counted as ODA.
  • Private sector instruments (PSI) and the private sector have a crucial role to play in development and reporting of PSI should maintain the rigorous and demanding criteria set for all other forms of aid including in particular promoting inclusive growth, guaranteeing development and financial additionality and strong human rights standards.
  • The ongoing process of developing a new measure of Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSSD) – a welcome addition to improve development finance data – must be transparent and inclusive particularly of developing country needs and priorities.
  • The next High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in Nairobi this year is a key milestone in the aid and development effectiveness agenda which is itself a key part of the 2030 and Leave No One Behind agendas. Its success will rely on all members, including DAC member states, providing strong political leadership and vision, ensuring robustness of the monitoring survey and recognising a mandate for the GPEDC as part of the follow up and review mechanism for Agenda 2030.

Additional materials:

CSO Statement to the OECD-DAC Senior Level Meeting

Oxfam – Migration and Development Position paper

Eurodad –  Official Flows: basic principles for transparent measurement and reporting by providers