Financial support to the Programme of Work and Budget (PWB) of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) 2019-2020

Project completed

Switzerland’s support to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) aims at maximizing the impact of international development cooperation towards achieving the sustainable development goals in the least developed countries, ensuring that no one is left behind, while catalyzing support from other actors to finance sustainable development in a complementary and coordinated way.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Conflict & fragility
Climate change and environment

Conflict prevention
Environmental policy
Women’s equality organisations and institutions
Anti-corruption organisations
Democratic participation and civil society
Public sector policy
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020
CHF  2’900’000
Background In an international context marked by increased concerns about climate change, persisting inequalities, protracted conflicts, growing distrust towards governmental institutions and multilateralism, official development assistance (ODA) is at a critical juncture. Even more so as the development cooperation landscape is marked by a growing diversity of financing sources, providers and forms of cooperation which not only opens new avenues but also requires sustained collaboration and dialogue for maximizing impact towards sustainable development. In this evolving context, the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) is a key institution for catalyzing support for the realization of the 2030 Agenda in developing countries. As member of the DAC, Switzerland is actively involved in shaping the work and priorities of the DAC and its subsidiary bodies for it to remain fit for purpose.
Objectives To strenghten and transform development cooperation to deliver the 2030 Agenda, leaving no one behind (OECD DAC, Programme of Work and Budget 2019-2020).
Target groups OECD DAC members (including Switzerland).
Medium-term outcomes
  1. Effective financing for sustainable development results in developing countries
  2. Effective development cooperation through reviews and evidence
  3. Effective development cooperation, policies and dialogue for sustainable development
  4. Partnerships for the global development cooperation architecture

Expected results:  

1.1  Defining measurement standards to ensure high quality data on financing sustainable development at global level;

2.1 Delivering accountability and learning through DAC peer reviews, midterm reviews and thematic peer learning exercises;

2.2  Delivering more and better evidence for development cooperation through data for development, results based management and evaluation;

3.1 Accountable, effective and inclusive institutions: evidence, collective learning, policy guidance and monitoring of ODA and common influencing on governance and development;

3.2 Gender equality and women’s empowerment: evidence, collective learning, policy guidance and monitoring of ODA and common influencing on gender quality;

3.3  Crises and fragility: evidence, collective learning, policy guidance and monitoring of ODA and common influencing crisis and fragility;

3.4  Provide evidence, analysis and guidance on environment, climate change and development;

4.1 A multi-stakeholder platform monitoring effectiveness of development cooperation in support of mutual accountability and proving evidence to inform dialogues and guidance on effective development cooperation;

4.2 Outreach, engagement and civil society dialogue and policy guidance.

Results from previous phases:  

Key results and insights from previous phase


In 2017-2018, Switzerland actively engaged in the DAC working parties and policy networks. Key achievements include:


  • Switzerland’s DAC peer review successfully conducted;
  • Credible ODA statistical system maintained;
  • Increased emphasis on accountability towards partner countries (vs domestic accountability) and steering and learning based on results;
  • Switzerland successfully advocated for the DAC results community to concretise results monitoring of Leaving no one behind (LNOB). The work on LNOB in the results community led to the OECD choosing LNOB as topic for the 2018 Development Cooperation Report;
  • Concrete products published and disseminated by the  GENDERNET and GOVNET (co-chaired by Switzerland) allowing the DAC to remain a key actor on gender and governance issues;
  • Increased external engagement and political role of the International network on conflict and fragility (INCAF) within the international system; positions of members as critical stakeholders in global development discussions amplified; greater shared progress towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in fragile and conflict-affected states.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
Other International Organization
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • OECD Development Assistance Committee

Coordination with other projects and actors

Other OECD Directorates and offices, including the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF), the Center for Tax policy and Administration (CTPA), the Development Center (DEV), the Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) Unit.

UN, World Bank.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    2’900’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    2’620’000
Project phases

Phase 11 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020   (Completed)

Phase 10 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2018   (Completed) Phase 9 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 8 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 7 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2012   (Completed)