The DCF Survey

WHY – Monitoring and review processes help countries and their development partners reach commitments together. Regular and inclusive monitoring and review of international development cooperation can build trust and promote mutual learning. It can bring about better results for sustainable development.

WHAT – Since 2008, UNDESA undertakes biennial surveys for the DCF on progress in national mutual accountability and transparency. The DCF Survey serves to monitor, review and document the evidence on the state of play in effectiveness of development cooperation on the ground in the responding countries.

HOW – Participating countries structure their assessment around five key enablers of effective development cooperation: 

  • National development cooperation policies (NDCPs)
  • Country-driven results frameworks (CRFs)
  • National development cooperation forums (NDCF)
  • Development cooperation information systems (DCIS)
  • Capacity support.

These enablers can serve as building blocks in designing and implementing integrated national financing frameworks (INFFs). Such frameworks help countries to mobilize and effectively manage financial and non-financial resources to achieve national sustainable development strategies (NSDS).

Participation in the DCF Survey exercise can also facilitate countries’ preparation and follow-up of Voluntary National Reviews of progress towards the SDGs (VNRs).

Detailed analyses of findings are used to generate practical recommendations for policy makers and practitioners at the global, regional, national and subnational levels, and are made available in the biennial DCF Survey Study.

WHEN – The 2019/2020 DCF Survey exercise is underway! The questionnaire is available to all interested developing countries. For information, please contact dcf@un.org.

Findings will be presented in the 2020 DCF Survey Study. The study will be launched before the 2020 Development Cooperation, which takes place in New York on 14-15 May 2020.