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US Development Policy

CGD experts track US development policy and offer ideas and analysis to improve its impact on developing countries. Also check out our Views from the Center blog and Global Health Policy blog.


DAC Data Doesn’t Tell All

Global aid flows fell by nearly 3 percent in 2011 according to a recent announcement from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The drop in development assistance is considered a result of the global recession and fiscal-tightening as governments trim expenditures to balance budgets. Altogether, aid flows fell by $3.4 billion to a total of $133 billion, the first decrease in development assistance since 1997 (disregarding years of exceptional debt relief).

Peer Review Preview: International Critique of U.S. Foreign Assistance Due Out This Week

It’s not often that U.S. development assistance efforts are subject to an independent, international critique. Such a review, undertaken by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a Paris-based club of donor nations, happens roughly every four or five years, and the findings for the U.S. are due out this week.