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Presentation for civil society organisations on OECD DAC peer reviews (January 2018)

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DAC Peer Reviews: What they are, how to engage and how to use them. For more information please visit http://www.oecd.org/dac/peer-reviews/ .

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Presentation for civil society organisations on OECD DAC peer reviews (January 2018)

  1. 1. WEBINAR ON DAC PEER REVIEWS: What they are, how to engage and how to use them
  2. 2.   Agenda • WHY DAC Peer reviews were introduced • WHAT they assess and what you can find in a  peer review report • HOW peer reviews are  carried out and  opportunities  for CSOs to engage in the process • HOW peer reviews influence donor behaviour • Questions and answers 2
  3. 3.   The Development Assistance Committee (DAC)  • One of the OECD Committees • 29 member countries + EU • Donor governments and multilateral observers • Goal: promote development co-operation and  other policies so as to contribute to sustainable  development. • How: exchange experience, issue guidance on  policy approaches, co-ordinate policy, analysis  & statistics, development finance • One recognised instrument: peer reviews 3 The DAC in 1962 The DAC in 2017
  4. 4. • To improve the quality and  effectiveness of development co- operation policies • To promote good development  partnerships for better impact on  poverty reduction and sustainable  development   Why were peer reviews introduced? Image: Pixabay
  5. 5. • Learning valuable lessons from peers on what has worked and what has not • Holding DAC members accountable for their commitments, and • Reviewing their performance against key dimensions of development co-operation, updated regularly This is achieved through
  6. 6. 6 What do peer reviews assess?
  7. 7. 7 What benchmarks? • Internationally agreed benchmarks • DAC good practice papers and guidelines • Nationally determined commitments
  8. 8. • An analysis of performance against the 7 dimensions • A strategic statement on the overall performance of the country • Recommendations What can you find in a report? 8
  9. 9. The development co-operation of a DAC member is reviewed by two peers every 5-6 years An examined country The peer review team: - 2 examining countries: the peers - The DAC secretariat: guarantees quality, ensures objectivity and consistency - Possibly an observer The DAC: approves the main findings and recommendations 9   How are peer reviews carried out ? When? Who?
  10. 10. 10 When to engage: a cycle with 5 stages Before the HQ mission, send written inputs to the Secretariat and engage in drafting of the memorandum Fact-finding missions to HQ and field: systematic meetings with external stakeholders In agreement with the reviewed country, participation to the DAC meeting as part of the delegation Systematic meetings with CSOs during a one-day mission Look at the planning available on line Engage in the dissemination and reaction to findings and recommendations
  11. 11. How can you use peer reviews ? • Discuss overall policy direction • Discuss engagement with civil society organisations • Hold the member to account • Raise awareness and public support 11
  12. 12. What makes peer reviews effective? Solid methodology •Consistency •Expertise Receptive environment •Understanding of the political and administrative changes •Use of the review to validate / promote a policy •Pressure from the media and the public 12
  13. 13. ANY QUESTIONS?

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