DCF Publications – a selection

Focus Area 1: Trends and progress in Development Cooperation

Report of the Secretary-General on "Trends and progress in international development cooperation”, 2018, 20162014201220102008

This report covers recent trends of development cooperation with focus on the allocation of ODA, the escalating importance of South-South Cooperation and the adjustments needed in the SDG era for greater effectiveness. It also addresses the mutually reinforcing roles of different layers of players in delivering monitoring and review outcomes.

It serves as the main substantive input to the biennial High-level Meeting of the DCF, addressing the importance and tremendous potential of development cooperation as a lever for effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also feeds the annual IATF reports engaging upon the importance of ODA, blended finance and south-south cooperation as means of development financing.  

Improving ODA allocation for a post-2015 world, 2015

This study focuses specifically on improving ODA allocation for a post-2015 world. It addresses how can ODA best contribute to all aspects of a broader and more ambitious post-2015 development agenda. Also, it explores in which aspects of the post-2015 development agenda does ODA have a comparative advantage over other resources.

Public aid as a driver for private investment2013

Public aid for private investment can favor development outcomes framed in five development processes. This can be done by incentivizing companies to make certain types of investments, and/or by reshaping the surrounding institutions and economic structure.

International Development Cooperation Report, 2010

This report assesses what all stakeholders in development cooperation – providers, recipients and other actors who can hold them accountable – need to do to maximize its impact and reach the MDGs. It looks in turn at four challenges facing development cooperation.

Mainstreaming international development goals, 2008

The study assesses the degree to which internationally agreed development goals have been mainstreamed into aid policies of donors and poverty reduction strategies of programme countries. The study also reviews the current mechanisms used by the international community to assess the quality of these strategies and the extent to which they take the goals into account.

Practices and implications of aid allocation, 2008 [link 1] [link 2]

These two studies examine the practices and implications of bilateral and multilateral donors allocating development assistance to programme countries. In addition to focusing on three main issues: current aid allocation practices, priorities of various aid allocation models and possible implications of concentrating aid, the studies give an overview of how future aid allocation may be affected by challenges relating to climate change.

Focus Area 2: South-South Cooperation

The South-South cooperation chapter in the Report of the Secretary-General on "Trends and progress in international development cooperation”, 2018, 20162014201220102008

This section identifies the trends in South-South cooperation such as its volume and financing sources. It also points out a persistent challenge to understanding SSC is lack of comparable data.

Inter-agency Taskforce on Financing for Development, 2018, 2016

Chapter 2C of the IATF report International Development Cooperation engages upon the trends and progress in ODA, South-South and triangular cooperation, multilateral development banks and other sources of international public finance—including climate finance, humanitarian finance, and innovative sources of finance.

Trends in South-South and triangular development cooperation, 2008

The relative decline in North-South cooperation has made the growth in South-South cooperation increasingly spectacular. The study focuses on the data collection and recent trends in scale, type, allocation, quality and impact of South-South assistance as well as triangular development cooperation. It also summarizes the good practices in social and infrastructural areas.

Improving Information and Data, 2010

This analytical background study probes into the main practical obstacles and challenges to voluntary data collection in SSC at the country level and how should the measurement and data collection move forward.

In Asia-Pacific: Towards a new paradigm in development cooperation, 2008

This paper reviews the relevance of SSC and TDC and the emerging trends and patterns in the Asia Pacific region. It discusses the policy challenges for exploiting the full potential of SSC and TDC and enhancing their effectiveness.

Focus Area 3: Monitoring, Review and Accountability of Development Cooperation

DCF Survey Study, 2018, 2015201320112009

Mutual Accountability is essential principle and foundation of the effectiveness of development cooperation. UNDESA has undertaken a Global Accountability Survey of progress in national mutual accountability, transparency and effective development cooperation on a biennial basis for the DCF since 2009.

Scoping Study on Monitoring, Review and Accountability for Development Cooperation, 2015

This study identifies the monitoring and review gaps in international development cooperation and how the relevant practices can be adjusted to strengthen their effectiveness. It also points to areas where further independent assessments are needed to guide governments and other stakeholders in improving their systems for a post-2015 era.

The IPU guidance note on national aid policies, 2015

An inclusive and fully owned national aid policy is essential for ensuring the effective of development cooperation. As a partner in the DCF, Inter-Parliamentarians Union has commissioned this note which aims to make stakeholders better advocates for the adoption or improvement of national aid policies, participating in their implementation and taking measures to strengthen mutual accountability.

Accountable and effective development cooperation in a post-2015 era, 2014

This study proposes a triangular, multi-layered accountability architecture that includes three main components, North-South, South-South and nongovernmental, and different layers, global, national and possibly regional. It highlights that so far most of accountability mechanisms of development cooperation focus on the process or “way to manage” rather than over delivered results.

Guidance note for policymakers and practitioners on Mutual Accountability2014

This Guidance Note is aimed at policy makers and practitioners involved in development cooperation at country level. It seeks to provide guidance on how they can support the design, implementation and use of different “enablers” for MA at country level.

Quality of Development Cooperation: Accountability, Impact and Results, 2014

This study shows how mutual accountability for development cooperation and efforts to strengthen transparency and capacity building have contributed to the enhancement of effective ODA delivery. It assesses how different actors will strengthen their monitoring and accountability to support implementation of a unified and universal development agenda.

LDC Aid Quality Study, 2011

This background study analyzing the quantity and quality of aid in LDCs and outline possible elements for an LDC accountability framework that builds on existing review processes.

Towards a strengthened framework for aid effectiveness, 2008

This report considers issues of substance that might be developed further in a strengthened international framework for aid effectiveness and puts forward recommendations for how the various key institutions might work together in support of this agenda.