OECD Calls for More Coherent German Development Strategy

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee has urged Germany to “go further and faster” with its reforms to coordinate the delivery of its aid programs.

    The reforms will bolster Germany’s contribution to meeting the Millennium Development Goals particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, according to DAC, which conducted a peer review of Germany’s development assistance.

    The review notes that Germany spent 0.35 percent of its national income on official development assistance in 2009, “well short” of its target of 0.51 percent by 2010 and 0.7 percent by 2015. It, however, says that Germany “made good progress in many areas” of its development cooperation since the last DAC peer review in 2005, as the European nation trimmed its number of aid-recipient nations to 57 from 84, and intends to focus on governance, education, health, climate and environment, rural development and sustainable economic development.

    The review recommends that Germany set and publicize “new realistic annual ODA volume targets” to help achieve the 0.7 percent target by 2015, replace debt relief with other development cooperation instruments, focus its ODA on sub-Saharan African countries and fragile nations, improve its private sector program, and clarify its rationale for channeling funds through non-governmental organizations.

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    • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.