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The overarching aim of the DAC for the 2018-2022 period is to promote development cooperation and other relevant policies so as to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, poverty eradication, 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’s activities include monitoring, evaluating and taking note of the resources that support sustainable development, assessing them and reporting on them; reviewing development cooperation policies and practices and upholding international norms and standards; developing guidance and collecting good practice to assist the members of the DAC and the expanded donor community to enhance innovation in development cooperation, development impact and effectiveness and the results produced by development cooperation. As part of this work, in 2021 the DAC produced new guidance for interaction with civil society.

The DAC organises periodic peer reviews of the efforts of its 30 members to analyse the effectiveness of development assistance, provide feedback and exchange good practices around development assistance. Each member country is evaluated every five to six years by two other member countries. In 2021, Luxembourg participated in the statistical evaluation of Iceland. The full evaluation of Luxembourg was planned for 2022 but was postponed to 2024 due to the health crisis.