OECD Lauds Dutch Aid Program but Highlights Need for Clearer Strategy

The donors’ club of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has welcomed the Netherland’s new development priorities but urged the country to consult and discuss its aid strategy with other donors and with its aid recipients.

The Netherlands should also develop and implement a clearer strategy for its aid delivery channels outside bilateral assistance, OECD’s Development Assistance Committee says in its report, noting that only the embassy-managed Dutch bilateral aid has a clear strategic orientation so far.

“The lack of new direction for the entirety of the Netherlands’ aid delivery channels means that these are not yet aligned to the overall policy and with each other,” the DAC says.

Other recommendations include:

  • Develop a communications strategy.

  • Pursue stronger engagement with civil society groups, think tanks and development institutions.

  • Ensure that official development assistance does not fall below 0.7 percent of national income.

  • Encourage “development beyond aid.”

  • Improve efficiency of aid delivery.

  • Strengthen knowledge management and staff capabilities and improve support for local staff members.

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