The OECD Development Assistance Committee became part of the OECD by Ministerial Resolution on 23 July 1961. It is a unique international forum of many of the largest funders of aid, including 30 DAC Members. The World Bank, IMF and UNDP participate as observers.
Formerly known as the Development Assistance Group, the DAC was created by Ministerial Resolution of 23 July 1960.
The overarching objective of the DAC for 2011-2015 is to promote development co-operation and other policies so as to contribute to sustainable development, including pro-poor economic growth, poverty reduction, improvement of living standards in developing countries, and to a future in which no country will depend on aid.
In order to achieve this overarching objective, the Committee shall:
monitor, assess, report, and promote the provision of resources that support sustainable
development, as specified above, by collecting and analysing data and information on ODA
and other official and private flows
review development co-operation policies and practices, particularly in relation to national
and internationally agreed objectives and targets, and promote mutual learning
provide analysis, guidance and good practice to assist its Members and the expanded donor
community to enhance the quality and effectiveness of development assistance, particularly
regarding pro-poor economic growth and poverty reduction
analyse and help shape the rapidly evolving global development architecture to optimise
promote perspectives on global public goods and policy coherence for development in coordination
with other policy communities in OECD
engage or invite non-Member countries - in particular those with major development cooperation
programmes - international organisations, private sector organisations, and civil
society representatives, so as to assure the relevance and inclusiveness of DAC’s work.
The DAC has also established working parties, task forces and networks, in which DAC Members are generally represented by specialists.
The DAC's doors are open to countries beyond its members who are making growing contributions to development co-operation. At the annual DAC Senior Level Meeting on 6-7 April 2011, representatives of China attended for the first time; other important non-DAC member donors, such as Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa, also participated. To encourage co-ordination and understanding, the DAC issued a statement welcoming non-DAC partners to engage in a mutual learning dialogue. Read the full statement
The Chair of the Development Assistance Committee is Charlotte Petri Gornitzka.
In 2016 the DAC decided to set up a High Level Panel that will propose options for enhancing the Committee's inclusiveness and representativeness, and maximising its relevance and impact so as to better support sustainable development efforts.
The DAC remains at the heart of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, offering a wealth of experience and insights into how to co-ordinate and manage development finance for greater impact.