Spain's Manuel Escudero appointed new chair of OECD's Development Centre

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has appointed Spanish ambassador and permanent representative to the OECD Manuel Escudero as the new chair of its Development Centre’s Governing Board. The OECD’s Development Centre gathers 52 member countries, both OECD and non-OECD, to advance co-operation and mutual dialogue on key development issues through analysis and policy discussions. Prior to joining the OECD as ambassador and permanent representative of Spain, Manuel Escudero was Secretary of Economic Policy and Employment at the Executive Board of the governing Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) and special advisor for the Office of the UN’s Global Compact initiative. 

Press release – Cooperación Española (in Spanish)

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Swedish development minister leads dialogue on IPCC climate report

Swedish Minister for Development Cooperation and Climate Change, Isabella Lövin, served a leading role at the United Nations climate meeting, COP 24, which ended December 15, 2018. She was tasked by the chairman of the COP to lead dialogue between countries on how to address the findings of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on maintaining global warming under 1.5 degrees centigrade. Lövin has been a vocal champion in national, European, and global forums on the need to dramatically increase the level of ambition to curb climate change.

At COP 24 Lövin also announced that Sweden will provide an additional contribution for 2018 of SEK100 million (US$11 million) in total to the Adaptation Fund and the Least Developed Countries Fund. This is in addition to the contributions announced at COP 23.  

Press release - Swedish government 

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OECD report calls for policy mainstreaming and better-targeted ODA to achieve 2030 Agenda goal of ‘leave no on behind’

The 2018 edition of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Co-operation Report examines the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the goal to ‘leave no one behind’ in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report, titled 'Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind,' covers what this means in practice: how this can be achieved through sound policy design, good data, and appropriate development finance; actors involved; and how they can support the process. The report also includes a snapshot of 55 OECD and non-OECD donors’ efforts to date in achieving this goal.

The report gives three recommendations for reform that are needed to fully achieve development for all:

  1. A new narrative that clearly explains the benefits of leaving no one behind
  2. Incorporation of the leave-no-one-behind principle into all aspects of policy-making (‘mainstreaming’)
  3. Better allocation of official development assistance (ODA) to achieve the SDGs for all

Full report – OECD

Report highlights – OECD

Snapshot of DAC member approaches – OECD


Majority of UN member states adopt Global Compact for Migration

164 out of 193 UN member states have adopted the Global Compact for Migration, which was officially launched at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. The Compact is the first agreement negotiated between governments on international migration for safe, orderly, and regular migration. It is not legally-binding but rather a framework to enhance cooperation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed the Global Compact for Migration and acknowledges it as a milestone in international migration policies. She also voiced the importance of multilateralism in order to tackle global challenges in her speech in Marrakesh.

Press release – UN News

News article – Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German)

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Positive evaluation of disability inclusion in Australia's development cooperation

Australia was the first donor country to have a strategy to make development assistance deliberately inclusive of people with disabilities. Now half-way through its second strategy, in which Australia aims to strengthen its approach to disability-inclusive development, the Office of Development Effectiveness, an independent evaluation committee, has completed an evaluation of Australia's progress in this area. 

The evaluation finds that generally good progress has been made. It notes that inclusion has been achieved through a twin-track approach with both mainstreaming and disability-specific activities. Key enabling factors included a sustained effort, starting small, gradually scaling up, and then maintaining a focus on disability for many years. The report also identified substantial opportunities to improve inclusion in education investments, in humanitarian assistance, and in infrastructure for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

Evaluation - DFAT

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Former British ambassador appointed new Chair of OECD Development Assistance Committee

The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the international body that sets the rules on international development spending, has appointed Susanna Moorehead as the new Chair of the Committee. In an interview with Devex, Moorehead, the former British ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti, noted that she will continue her predecessor’s (Charlotte Petri Gornitzka) push to modernize the DAC and make it more inclusive, and is eager to engage in a broader debate about ODA-eligibility with regards to using development assistance as a catalyst for other sources of financing.

News article – Devex

Press release – OECD 

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'Alternative Nobel Prize' ceremony celebrates visionary solutions to global problems

The award ceremony for the Right Livelihood Prize, widely known as the 'Alternate Nobel prize', was given to three Laureates at a ceremony held in Stockholm on November 23, 2018. One of the winners was Yacouba Sawadogo from Burkina Faso, for his work on reforestation and soil regeneration using innovative indigenous techniques. Other Laureates included three civil and human rights defenders from Saudi Arabia and an agro-economist from Australia, while an honorary award went to anti-corruption champions from Guatemala and Colombia.

The Swedish International Development Agency, Sida, has approved a US$22 million (SEK200 million) contribution to a project where traditional technology will be used on a large scale to regenerate land in Burkina Faso, in order to boost food production. 

Press release - Right Livelihood Award 

Press release Sida (in Swedish)

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Center for Global Development assesses quality of development assistance across range of donors

The Center for Global Development (CGD) released is latest Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA) database. This assessment uses 24 aid effectiveness indicators and a detailed methodology to rank 27 bilateral country donors and 13 multilateral agencies.  

The assessment is an effort to measure performance against donors' commitments to assistance quality.

Publication - CGD


New tool available for accessing donor strategic documents and budgets

The aid-transparency organization Publish What You Fund (PWYF) has launched a new web-browser tool that offers easier and centralized access to donor budgets and strategic documents available through the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). The tool works as a browser plugin that turns raw IATI XML files into graphs, charts, and an easily searchable user interface. The plugin helps make 22,300 strategic documents (i.e., global and country strategies, policies, and evaluations) and US$2.6 trillion in budgets available.

Blog post - PWYF


OECD's outlook on development finance finds drop in overall global flows

Total external finance to the developing world declined significantly from 2013 to 2016, despite promises from donors to increase funding for sustainable development, according to the OECD. The 'Global Outlook on Financing for Sustainable Development 2019' finds a 12% drop in external finance to developing countries from 2013 to 2016, driven by a decline in foreign direct investment. Official development assistance (ODA), however, remained steady but is still below target. 

Report - OECD