Focus Area 1: Trends in Development Cooperation

Development cooperation will be essential for realizing an ambitious post-2015 development agenda across all countries. A renewed global partnership will have to both accelerate achievements and address emerging challenges. The shift in the geography of poverty, the rise in inequality, rapid globalization, the increased need for collective approaches to global challenges, and the emergence of new development actors and instruments—all have profound implications for development cooperation.

An unprecedented amount of resources—domestic and international, and public and private—will be required, along with technology transfers, knowledge sharing, capacity building and investment in resilience against shocks. All developing countries may need continued support to eradicate poverty and transition to sustainable development, although kinds of assistance will vary across countries at diverse stages.

The present development cooperation system grew around the notion of a North-South divide, but has evolved significantly, with growing contributions from the South, the private sector, foundations, civil society and local governments.

The role of the DCF

The DCF is an authoritative source of analytical work and data on trends and progress in development cooperation, and the roles of different actors. Based on its analysis, it provides policy guidance and makes recommendations to promote more effective partnership. The DCF also considers the future of development cooperation, examining who should benefit and through what types of cooperation, and who should provide cooperation, and how. 

Every two years the UN Secretary-General issues a report on trends and progress under the auspices of the DCF. The DCF also produces the International Development Cooperation Report, along with thematic studies and policy briefs in cooperation with leading think tanks and experts.

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