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Development Assistance Committee[1]
Ms. Susanna MOOREHEAD   
Ms. Anthe CRAWLEY   
(New Zealand)
Mr. Dirk PLATZEN   
Mr. Robert-Jan SCHEER   
Ms. Aleksandra Stys   
New Zealand   
Czech Republic   
Slovak Republic   
United Kingdom   
United States   
Saudi Arabia   
United Arab Emirates   
Observers (International Organisations):   
African Development Bank (AfDB)   
Asian Development Bank (ADB)   
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)   
International Monetary Fund (IMF)   
UN Development Programme (UNDP)   
World Bank   
Date of creation:
14th January 1960
31st December 2022

Mandate:   -   Resolution of the Council to extend the mandate of the DAC up to 31 December 2015, approved at its 1228th Session held on 14 October 2010 [C(2010)123, C(2010)123/CORR1, C/M(2010)18, item 213]

   -   Resolution of the Council to extend the mandate of the DAC up to 31 December 2016 approved at its 1314th session held on 13 May 2015 [C(2015)73 and C/M(2015)11/rev1]

   -   Resolution of the Council to extend the mandate of the DAC up to 31 December 2017 approved at its 1337th session held on 13 July 2016 [C(2016)94 and C/M(2016)12]

   -   Resolution of the Council to renew and revise the mandate of the DAC up to 31 December 2022, approved at its 1363rd session held on 14 December 2017 [C(2017)134 and C/M(2017)22]



Resolution of the Council [C(2017)134]



   Having regard to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14 December 1960;

   Having regard to the Rules of Procedure of the Organisation;

   Having regard to the Revised Resolution of the Council on Partnerships in OECD Bodies [C(2012)100/REV1/FINAL];

   Having regard to Paragraph 14 of the Report by the Preparatory Committee establishing the mandate of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) [C/M(60)2(Final)], whose mandate was last revised in 2010 [C(2010)123] and extended in 2015 [C(2015)73] and 2016 [C(2016)94];

   Having regard to the results of the In-depth Evaluation of the DAC [C(2016)84, C(2016)84/ADD1, C(2016)84/ADD2, C(2016)84/CORR1, C(2016)84/CORR2, and C(2016)84/CORR3];

   Having regard to the recommendations put forward by the High Level Panel for A New DAC in a Changing World [DCD/DAC(2017)7];

   Committed to supporting developing countries in their efforts to improve the lives of their peoples, leaving no-one behind, as part of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to a future in which no country depends on aid;

   Recognising that members of the DAC continue their common efforts to increase resources for development and to improve their effectiveness, results and impact;

   Convinced of the need to align development co-operation to the specific context and challenges of each developing country and region;

   Convinced that sustainable development of developing countries—notably those affected by fragility and conflict—is essential for global stability and inclusive growth;

   Aware that the countries most in need such as least developed countries, low-income countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states, and countries affected by conflict and fragility are constrained in their engagement with the global economy and are at risk of increasing marginalisation, while middle income countries and countries transitioning through income levels face specific challenges;

   Aware that the policy choices of OECD countries and emerging economies have spill-over effects in developing countries as well as policy challenges relating to global public goods affect development results;

   Recognising the need for the DAC to work with other policy communities and development stakeholders beyond its membership with a view to enhancing development results and to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;

   Recognising that, while poorer developing countries’ ability to mobilise domestic resources and access private and public finance extended on non-concessional terms should be supported given the contributions they make to economic development, these countries will continue to require official development assistance (ODA), at least throughout the period of this mandate, and that ODA is increasingly playing a catalytic role for further resource mobilisation;



A.   The Development Assistance Committee is renewed with the following revised mandate:

I.    Objectives

The overarching objective of the DAC is to promote development co-operation and other relevant policies so as to contribute to implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, poverty eradication, improvement of living standards in developing countries, and to a future in which no country will depend on aid.

   In order to achieve this overarching objective, the Committee shall:

   a) monitor, assess, report, and promote the provision of resources that support sustainable development by collecting and analysing data and information on ODA and other official and private flows, in a transparent way;

   b) review development co-operation policies and practices, particularly in relation to national and internationally agreed objectives and targets, uphold international norms and standards, protect the integrity of ODA, and promote transparency and mutual learning;

   c) provide analysis, guidance and good practice to assist the members of the DAC and the expanded donor community to enhance innovation, impact, development effectiveness and results in development co-operation, particularly regarding pro-poor sustainable growth and poverty eradication;

   d) analyse and help shape the global development architecture with a view to maximise sustainable development results, to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and stimulate mobilisation of resources according to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development;

   e) promote the importance of global public goods and policy coherence for sustainable development.


II.   Co-ordination Arrangements

   The Committee shall:    

   a) collaborate closely with other relevant bodies of the OECD on cross-cutting issues and in particular on policy coherence for sustainable development;

   b) engage with non-DAC OECD Members in all meetings of the DAC and its subsidiary bodies in areas of mutual interest;

   c) engage Partners and other non-Members, as well as international organisations, private sector organisations, foundations, and civil society representatives in line with principles of development effectiveness, so as to ensure transparency and the relevance and inclusiveness of the DAC’s work.


III.    Special Delegated Power

   The Committee shall continue to make recommendations to members of the DAC, as well as to the Council, within its competence on matters related to development.

B.   The mandate of the Development Assistance Committee shall remain in force until 31 December 2022.


[1]The predecessor to the Development Assistance Committee, the Development Assistance Group (DAG) was set up on 13 January 1960 by the Special Economic Committee and approved by Council on 14 January 1960 [CM(60)2(Final) Item 14C].
[2]OECD countries that are not members of the DAC are entitled to participate in all meetings of the DAC and its Subsidiary Bodies in areas of mutual interest.
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